SJSU Hockey Records First Shutout of Season!

San Jose State sophomore goalie Ryan Lowe turned away 26 shots on Saturday and the Spartans recorded their first shutout of the season - an 8-0 blanking of Weber State. SJSU will face the Colorado Buffalos this weekend in a showdown for West Region supremacy.

A lackluster spell that saw San Jose State barely get past the Utah teams both on the road and at home on Friday ended Saturday as an inspired defense, led by Spartan sophomore goalie Ryan Lowe, turned away 26 Weber State shots as No. 1 SJSU cruised to an 8-0 victory over the visiting No. 8 Wildcats.

It was the first shutout of the season for SJSU. Senior wing Aaron Scott led the Spartan scoring attack with his second hat-trick of the season.

"(Friday) was a real wake-up call for this team," Lowe said of the 13-0-1 Spartans. "Tonight we knew we needed to come out flying because this is our last tune-up before Colorado. Everyone rested today and came in focused."

Lowe was quick to point out that the shutout was definitely a group effort. "The defense and the goalie are one unit," he said. "They made it tonight. I only had to make 26 saves which shows (Weber State) didn't get a lot of scoring chances, that is great defense."

After Friday's performance, SJSU head coach Ron Glasow came down hard on the Spartans, threatening to bench those who failed to perform up to expectations. "Tonight was a much better game," he said. "The guys were hitting and finishing hits. We still have things to work on with Colorado coming up, but we played well tonight and I'm happy with the win."

For the second night in a row, sophomore wing Skyler Yu opened the scoring for San Jose State. Freshman center Alex Redmond had the assist. Once again sophomore wing Skyler Yu got things started for the Spartans, taking a feed from freshman center Alex Redmond at the 9:13 mark of the first period and flipping the puck over the blocker of Weber State freshman goalie T.J. Fitterer.

The generous Redmond once again followed up that assist by helping Scott get his first of three at the 19:23 mark, and SJSU went into the first intermission with a 2-0 lead.

Graduate Student center Adam Dekeyrel continued the Spartan scoring early in the second period with an unassisted goal at 2:24. Spartan junior wing Mike Villalobos scores on Weber State goalie T.J. Fitterer to put SJSU up 4-0 on Saturday. The San Jose State went on to win 8-0.

Forty-four seconds later junior wing Mike Villalobos took a pass from senior wing Ray Kellam, and raced up the ice to slap a shot past Fitterer. Senior defenseman Ian Fazzi completed the second period scoring with goal at 14:12. Sophomore wing Sean Scarbrough had the assist, and the Spartans were up 5-0 heading into the third period.

San Jose State went into the third period on Friday with a 4-0 lead, and Weber State clawed back to come within one at 4-3, before the ejection and of senior center T.J. Nykeil ended the comeback attempt. This time, however, there would be no Spartan collapse. At 2:22 Scott nailed his second of the night with an assist from senior defenseman Andy Whiteside. Then Scott returned Redmond's first period favor as he assisted on the freshman center's score at 9:59.

Scott, the all-time leading scorer in San Jose State history added to his total and ended the night's scoring at the 14:47 mark in the third with assists from senior wing Jon King and Dekeyrel.

SJSU returned to hitting form on Saturday. Senior defenseman Ian Fazzi slams a Weber State player into the boards.

"We finally played up to our potential." Scott said. "We started throwing the body like we have been in the past and just played our game."

SJSU captain Ray Kellam gave credit for the Spartan rebound to the head man. "I give all the credit to Coach Ron for lighting a fire under our butts," Kellam said. "He told us last night that if we didn't pick up our game, and didn't start hustling and hitting, some people were going to sit. Tonight we were really getting the forecheck going and throwing the body around, and it showed. Weber State was turning the puck over left and right because they knew the hits were coming and they had to move the puck before the hit."

Weber State acting head coach Dr. Roy Van Orman was missing several of his main weapons on Saturday, including former D-1 player Nykeil. "I want to give credit to San Jose State for playing the kind of game they played tonight, they kept coming at us and at us and putting it in the net," Van Orman said. "My main shooter and playmaker was taken out because if his behavior, and it makes a difference in our lines. We had two other boys who were unable to play and we felt like we needed more strength to play competitive with (SJSU). My hat's off to them."

San Jose State takes on No. 4 Colorado this weekend. The Spartans took one from the Buffaloes last season in Boulder. "This is exactly what we needed heading into the Colorado series," Scott said. "That will be our biggest weekend of the year to date."

San Jose State had 60 shots-on-goal in the game.

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