|#5 SJSU started slow vs. #8 San Diego State on Day 1 of the 2013 ACHA West Regional Playoff in Salt Lake City, Utah, falling behind 3-0 after 2 periods of play. The Spartans would rally with two goals in the final frame, but came up short as the Aztecs walked away with a 3-2 victory.
Two years removed from back-to-back National Tournament appearances, this marks the second straight year that the Spartans have been heartbreakingly knocked out on Day 1 of Regionals. Coincidentally, the last time the Spartans competed in a Regional Playoff held in Utah they were also bounced on Day 1 by the same 3-2 score (lost to Northern Colorado in Logan, Utah in February 2009).
We'd like to share a note from SJSU Head Coach Matt Adams as he had a message for the fans shortly after the team's loss this past weekend:
To All Loyal Spartan Fans,
I personally want to thank you for your continued support this season. Without you cheering and rooting for this group of young men, we would not have gotten anywhere. This talented group of hockey players gave it a valiant effort tonight but came up short, meaning that the 2012-2013 campaign has come to a close.
We bid farewell to a couple of true members of Sparta, #28 Kyle Dutra and #91 Christian De Jesus. I wish them the best in their future endeavors and I hope that they stay involved with the game of hockey.
As for the rest of the team, the future looks bright for SJSU Hockey. There is a young crop of players that are not only talented, but have good heads on their shoulders. They will make you proud next season and in the years to come.
Again, I want to thank you for your support. It has been an honor to coach this group and I very much appreciate the opportunity to come along for the ride. Thank you to all that have helped make this a memorable season for me. See you around the rink.
Coach Matt Adams