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02/05/16 - Preview: Season Series Up For Grabs Versus Santa Rosa
By the Staff
It's the rubber match of the season series as the Santa Rosa JC Polar Bears come to town to face your Spartans. This is a crucial test for the Spartans with only one other home game left on the schedule afterward.

The only game of the weekend begins at 7:30 pm this Friday night from the North rink of Sharks Ice at San Jose. If you can't make the game, Jonathan Wold and Daniel Barrera will be on the call live with streaming video on Black Dog Enterprises!

Santa Rosa Junior College Polar Bears
SRJC comes to town for their final game of their regular season. Fresh off a win in the PCHA Championship game against UC Davis, the Polar Bears stand with a record of 16-7-1. Despite being a D3 team, they've got a 6-4-1 record versus D2 opponents.

This game will be the fourth of the season series, with each team getting a win at home, as well as a tie in neutral ground. The Spartans took game one 5-4 in San Jose. They tied 3-3 up in the Bronco Showcase in Boise, and SRJC took the third game at Snoopy's Home Ice 6-3 at the end of the first semester.

Josiah Nikkel continues to be the offensive star of the team, leading SRJC in goal, assists, and points (29-28-57). Eleven Polar Bears produce at a point-per-game pace, however, so it's not a one-player team. Christopher Tomaszewski has been the starter, posting a 9-6-1 record with a 3.63 goals against average, and an .872 save percentage.

The last time these two played, the Spartans couldn't find their game and lost convincingly, 6-3. With the reinforcements the team added in the second semester, how will the next round look?

Bragging rights are on the line for the title of "Best team in Northern California" with the series deadlocked at 1-1-1. Can San Jose State keep their historic title, or will their rivals claim it?

This is the last game before the Spartans head off to Butte, Montana for two games against Montana Tech. Will the Spartans fall into the trap of looking past their D3 opponent?

Go Spartans!
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