On March 19 and 20, the Santa Barbara Hockey Association (SBHA) took their two varsity teams down to Irvine to compete in the State Cup. Varsity Blue started off well with a mercy against Damien High School and a hard loss against Temecula Valley in their second game. Varsity Gold played against Villa Park first and won then played Temecula Valley and also beat them. Varsity Blue played their last game for Saturday against Villa Park and had an excellent game ending with a shutout of 2-0.
Sunday proved to be difficult for both teams with the exception of Varsity Gold playing Damien High School in their first game of the day and ended in a mercy. Gold defenseman Devon Cetti suffered an injury before the games which made him unable to play in the games on Sunday which was a devastating blow to the team, who was already down defenseman Ben Essig and Daniel Solomon due to ice hockey.
“SB Gold faced several daunting challenges including three key players,” said Rich Dixon team manager.
Varsity Gold played their second game against Woodbridge and beat them. Varsity Blue played their last game against Woodbridge and in the dying seconds Shea Rousseau scored Blue’s second goal to tie up the game. This meant that Blue got the 3rd place seed and played San Luis in the playoffs. San Luis had been playing pretty well due to a ringer goalkeeper, that was from the Irvine area. Blue ended up losing to San Luis and San Luis went to the Finals against Santa Barbara Gold. Gold ended up losing which was heartbreaking for the five seniors on the team. Both Santa Barbara teams did very well and are looking forward to working hard in the next season and going back to the State Cup and winning.