San Jose State Hockey No. 1 Team in the West

Five thousand, four hundred and sixty-five days after the San Jose State Spartan Hockey team first dropped the puck, they have reached the top. The American Collegiate Hockey Association released its first rankings of the 2005-2006 season on Friday, and SJSU is sitting in the No. 1 spot.

On Oct. 29, the Spartans finished a weekend that saw them demolish one of the powerhouse teams of the West. On Friday, Oct. 28, SJSU exploded for 10 goals as they crushed No. 3 Colorado State - 10-1. They followed the win on Friday with a come-from-behind 1-1 tie on Saturday. "It is a great honor to be the No. 1 team," Spartan captain Ray Kellam said.

"We deserve to be No. 1," junior goalie Ryan Lowe said. The Spartan goalie is part of a defense that is allowing a league-low 1.91 goals-against-average this season.

"It is an excellent feeling," senior defenseman Ian Fazzi said. "Everyone clicks so well on this team. If we continue to play well together we'll win every game and hold on to the No. 1 spot."

The University of Denver came in at the No. 2 spot, followed by Colorado State, and Colorado. The Spartans are currently in Utah, and on Thursday defeated No. 8 Weber State 6-4. They defeated No. 10 Utah State 4-3 on Friday, and end the trip against unranked BYU on Saturday.

SJSU will host Weber State on Nov. 11 and 12.

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