|Coming out of camp this year, the Spartans had a smaller roster than in years past. When anyone's missing from the team, their margin for error drops quickly.
That was the case last weekend in Boise. The Spartans made their first road trip of the season missing Ian Seidl and Jacob Hickey - two of its top-line forwards.
The Spartans boarded their bus bright and early Friday morning for the 11 hour trip to Boise. Later that night they'd face off with the Western Washington University Vikings.
SJSU struck first with 13:15 remaining in the first period after a shot by William Hoffman bounced over to Nicholas Matejovksy's stick. Matejovsky and Luke Schneider were both headed to the net, creating a 2-on-0 in close. Matejovksy passed it across the crease for Schneider who buried it. It was the first goal in Schneider's Spartan career, and the first assist in Hoffman's rookie season.
The Vikings responded with two goals of their own in the first to leave the Spartans trailing at the first intermission.
In the second period, the Spartans tied up the game with 15:41 left as the second line cashed in on the powerplay. Spencer Archer worked behind the net and found Schuyler Krawczuk in the slot. Krawczuk roofed it as that line continued to stay hot.
The Spartans stayed tight defensively but were doomed by a penalty in overtime. Following a whistle, a shove by Schuyler Krawczuk was ruled a roughing penalty. The Vikings converted on the resulting powerplay on a tip from the slot.
The Spartans fell 3-2 in overtime.
By Saturday night, the Spartans had a full night's sleep under them, but still had a short bench. It got even shorter when Keanu Deguchi broke a skate blade midway through the game. The Spartans were effectively running just two lines and two pairs of defensemen.
Boise State took advantage of the overworked defense, stretching the ice for three breakway goals.
Nicholas Matejovsky scored on his own breakaway with 11:06 remaining in the third period. The goal got the Spartans close enough to try to pull Mario Retana for an extra attacker, but they weren't able to convert.
San Jose State loses game two 3-1 to Boise State.
Sunday morning was getaway day for the Spartans - as they would leave immediately following the game against Montana Tech.
The Spartans held the Ore Diggers close, but trailed 1-0 at the first intermission. Early in the second period, however, Matejovsky forced a turnover on the forecheck and played it back to Schneider in the slot to tie the game at 1-1 with 18:45 remaining in the second.
The Diggers regained the lead, lost it, gained it back and lost it again in a very entertaining back-and-forth game. Spencer Archer scored the Spartans second goal, while Christian Rendino tied the game at 3 with an impressive deke and breawaway move midway through the third period.
The long weekend and penalties stemming from frustration did in the Spartans again down the stretch as the Ore Diggers scored three goals in the final six minutes of the game.
Final score 6-3 Montana Tech. The Spartans fall to 1-3 on the season..