Sac State crushes San Jose, prepares for the road |

Sac State crushes San Jose, prepares for the road

The Sacramento State Hornets went out with a bang against San Jose State University Saturday in their last home game at South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena until March.

Now, the Hornets hit the road, playing in the greater California area for nearly five months. Their schedule allows them to avoid the snow as much as possible and then to resume home play in South Lake Tahoe.

And it’s just when the Hornets were getting acclimated to playing at altitude.

“I’d say we can call it our home rink now,” said the Hornets’ senior forward Jeff Even, who had two goals against San Jose in their 8-3 home ice victory. “We’ve acclimated pretty well to playing here.”

Even scored at 12:03 in the first period to give the Hornets a 1-0 lead. He scored again at 13:06 in the second period for a 4-1 lead.

Although the Hornets made it look easy against San Jose, they allowed the Spartans to score their first three goals of the season.

Currently the Spartans are 0-3 in the American Division of the Pacific Coast Hockey League standings after losses to Sac State, San Diego State and College of the Canyons. They have give up 33 goals while scoring three.

The Spartans beat Sac State both times last year, so the Hornets weren’t taking the game lightly. As well, the American Division is thought to contain stronger teams that in the Pacific Division, where the Hornets play.

“They were really strong last year,” Even said. “To come out and play like this against them and win is an achievement.”

The Hornets now are 3-3 in the standings and are tied for first place with six points along with West Los Angeles Community College and UC Davis.

The latter two teams have beaten Sac State but have played fewer games at 3-1.

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