The Polar Bears played a hard fought game against the Fresno Bulldogs on Friday, January 31st. There were so many penalties from both teams during this game, the scorekeepers filled up the whole sheet! Fresno scored the only two goals in the first period. SRJC's forward, Auston Ghirardelli, responded with the first two goals in the second, however, Fresno closed the period with three more goals. Fresno put one in the net early in the 3rd. The Polar Bear's captain, Bobby Rogers, found the back of the Bulldog's net twice before Fresno scored twice more. SRJC forward, Josh Sampietro, gave it one more try with 27 seconds left in the 3rd, to make the final score 8-5 Fresno.
Saturday's game against Stanford was the final game of the season for the Polar Bears. With the exception of a single goal by Bobby Rogers in the first period, number 89, Auston Ghirardelli, scored 7 of the 8 goals for the night for the team. It was a strong finish for Santa Rosa who ended up the first seed in the PCHA conference.
College hockey was back at Snoopy's Home Ice Friday and Saturday night with games against Stanford and UC Santa Cruz. January 24th was a celebration of our local first reponders with representation from Guns and Hoses Hockey team members: Zach Brown, Teddy Day, and Josh Gagnebin from the Santa Rosa Fire Department, and Thomas Moran of the Southern Marin Fire Department. A big thank you from the Polar Bears for attending Friday's game! For two periods the game was well matched at 1-1, with Stanford scoring two consecutive goals in the 3rd to clinch the game at 3-1.
The stands were full Saturday night with Polar Bear fans looking for a home game win. They were not disappointed! The Polar Bears quickly pulled ahead of the Aggies with four unanswered goals in the first period. The Aggies tried to battle back in the second period with 2 goals to the Polar Bear's 3. With only one goal for UC Davis in the 3rd, Polar Bear captain Bobby Rogers clinched the win with 2 more goals to add to his 4 other goals for the night. The stands were full of young hockey players for Youth Hockey Night at Snoopy's Home Ice. Prior to the first puck drop, the Polar Bears honored our local youth hockey coaches for their dedication to growing the sport of hockey in Santa Rosa. We appreciate your time to volunteer for our local young players, many of whom may hopefully become Polar Bears someday! The Santa Rosa Flyers little Mites presented a big scrimmage during the first period intermission. Older youth players stepped up to the center of the ice to try their luck at a goal shot in their sneakers to win a SRJC hockey puck. A big win for the team and lots of fun for our fans! The Polar Bears thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm for the team.
Photos courtesy of Austin Miller at 5.6photography
The SRJC Polar Bears are happy to endorse the first cornhole tournament sponsored by our friends at Guns and Hoses Hockey. Sign up with a team, or just come to watch and enjoy a fun-filled tournament of cornhole enthusiasts!