Polar Bears squash Banana Slugs 14-4


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SRJC Hockey team practicing at Snoopy’s Ice Rink in Santa Rosa.

Matthew Wreden , Staff Writer

The Santa Rosa Junior College hockey team earned a huge win on Dec. 3 at Snoopy’s Home Ice after they dismantled the University of California, Santa Cruz Banana Slugs 14-4.

SRJC’s onslaught began five minutes into the game when forward Austin Ghirardelli drove the puck into UCSC’s net.

“The boys played well. After last night’s win we did not go to bed until 3:30 a.m.,” said SRJC assistant coach TJ Albrecht. “We were down a few players from injuries so this was a great win for us.”

The Polar Bears dominated the entire game, scored with ease and after the first period they had a comfortable 6-2 lead.

SRJC did not look back and opened up the game scoring six more goals in the second period.

“Our offense felt good,” said forward Jacob Yaden. “We were playing well as a team.”

Ghirardelli, who scored five of SRJC’s goals, felt the team fed off the previous night’s win over San Francisco State University.

“It felt good to come into today with some momentum,” Ghirardelli said. “We beat them pretty good last time, so I am glad we did it again.”

In the last period, the Polar Bears finished off the Banana Slugs with two more goals sealing the victory with the final score 14-4.

SRJC was an offensive machine and had six different players score a goal.

“After the way our season has gone so far this win was big,” Albrecht said. “I am really happy for our boys.”

The Polar bears opened their first 13 games with only two wins.

SRJC will play Fresno State University at 9:30 p.m on Nov. 9 at Snoopy’s Home Ice.