It has been a downhill skate so far this season for the Santa Rosa Junior College Polar Bears Ice Hockey Team, until now. The Polar Bears skated a four game back to back to back to back away trip this past week that would make professional hockey players grumble.
Taking their seventh win of the season, with no losses the Polar Bears attacked and devoured College of the Canyons on their way out of town stopping in Santa Clarita to hand CoC a 10-4 defeat Oct 24.
The 8-0 JC team then made their way into Arizona. First to take on Arizona
State University’s Division 2 Pac 8 team. ASU handed the Bears, a club level team, its first loss of the season 6-4. The end of the first period had the JC leading 3-1, but at the end of the second period ASU battled back to tie the score 4-4. By the final buzzer ASU scored two more unanswered goals defeating the Polar Bears for the first time this semester.
The next two nights in Arizona would be spent with Northern Arizona University’s hospitality. Saturday night the JC would fight to a 4-3 victory holding on after a power play goal by NAU with only 3:18 remaining in the game. Despite a five-on-three power play in the final minutes NAU could not pierce the Polar Bears’ net.
The following morning at 8 a.m. ready to square off against NAU in a rematch, the Polar Bears were defeated for a second time on their road trip. The final score of the morning’s game finds the JC down 7-5 against NAU.
The SRJC hockey, up through game 7, was 5-0 in the PCHA, outscoring their opponents 82-20.
The next Polar Bears’ game is Friday in San Jose against another division 2 team skating for San Jose State University. After defeating the Division 3 team earlier in the season 20-2, this should be a good fight.
The following night, Nov. 2, the Polar Bears will be on home ice at Snoopy’s Ice Arena against San Francisco City College. Admission to games are free an the puck drops at 8:30 p.m. for some exciting college hockey.