Santa Rosa, California (March 28, 2017): The Santa Rosa Junior College Hockey team today announced it has set the official date for the organization’s end-of-year alumni game. The Polar Bears will welcome players from the last 17 years of SRJC Hockey to participate in a Blue and White game at 5:45 p.m. on April 8 at Snoopy’s Home Ice in Santa Rosa.
The alumni game marks a special place in SRJC hockey history each year, bringing together star players from both the early 2000s team and those who helped rebrand it in 2010 after a long hiatus. Players new and old get a chance to mingle together in a fun and friendly game, each competing for bragging rights as SRJC’s finest Polar Bears skaters.
Lack of depth. Lack of experience.
The SRJC Hockey team’s two biggest shortcomings in the second half stifled the team on its biggest stage this season, as the Polar Bears fell in the first round of the 2017 Pacific Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament Feb. 17-19. Losing to longtime nemesis UC Davis in game one kept the Polar Bears from making PCHA history as the first team to win five-straight league titles.
Despite every confidence in the new-look Polar Bears, there’s no denying that this year’s PCHA Tournament was going to be a lot harder. The team finished the second half with a 1-6 record in the American Collegiate Hockey Association, with a 1-4 record against PCHA clubs.
Santa Rosa, California (February 15, 2017): The Santa Rosa Junior College Ice Hockey team announced today its official tournament schedule for the 2017 Pacific Collegiate Hockey Association Playoffs. The team will play up to three games Feb. 17-19 in South Lake Tahoe against five PCHA teams and an invited guest.
Quality Over Quantity: Losing Teammates Restores Confidence, Renews Commitment in Remaining Polar Bears
The Jan. 15 match against Santa Clara University may have been the Polar Bears' 17th game of the season, but in many ways it could have been their first.
The team that took the ice Sunday had a far different look and attitude than any lineup head coach Blake Johnson has thrown out there this season. There were guys who’ve never played together before; others put in positions they had never been in. There was nervousness for some; new confidence for others.
Players were mixed and matched throughout the game, developing chemistry on the fly. There were no set lines, just everyone working together, all at once, as a team.
Before heading into that Santa Clara game no one would have blamed the Polar Bears if they wanted to throw in the towel. SRJC lost 12 of its top players during winter break due to various academic/eligibility reasons and overall lack of commitment. The team loses players every year at semester’s break but 12 is the most in club history.
For the second consecutive year the SRJC Hockey team lost its first game of the New Year to Pacific Collegiate Hockey Association rival Santa Clara University. Despite a solid effort by its entire roster, SRJC fell 9-6 Jan. 15.
Playing with a new roster of only 11, including three new players getting their first SRJC ice time this season, there were plenty of encouraging, and head-scratching, moments.
John Zerbe got it started seven minutes in with his first goal of the year. New player Matt Sullivan followed, netting his first of the night just two minutes later.
“I was feeling good. The puck felt good on my stick. I had two good forwards up there helping me,” he said of each of his two goals. “We had numbers in front of their net and I got the opportunity to just separate myself from their D both times. It really was a complete team effort.”