The BCHL’s West Kelowna Warriors are the 2016 RBC Cup champions.
The Warriors won the 46th national Junior A title with a 4-0 victory over the host Lloydminster Bobcats in the gold-medal game played on Sunday, May 22.
It was the first Canadian championship for West Kelowna.
In addition to the Warriors and the Bobcats (SJHL), the other teams in this year’s RBC Cup were the Brooks Bandits (AJHL), the Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL), and the Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL).
The Canadians were just the fourth team in history to make three straight appearances in the Junior A championships.
West Kelowna finished the round-robin portion of the RBC with a 2-1-1 record, good for eight points and third place behind Trenton (10 points) and Brooks (nine).
In one of two semi-finals, the Warriors defeated the Bandits 4-1, while the fourth-place Bobcats were upsetting the Hawks 6-2 in the other semi.
In the championship final, goaltender Matthew Greenfield stopped all 48 Lloydminster shots in leading his West Kelowna team to victory. Warriors’ scorers were Jonathan Desbiens, Reed Gunville, Liam Blackburn and Rylan Yaremko.
The Warriors are the first team from the BCHL to win the RBC Cup since the Penticton Vees in 2012, and the 13th ever.
In his three appearances in the RBC, Greenfield posted a sparkling .980 save percentage. His fellow netminder Keelan Williams was solid, too, with a SV% of .918.
At the RBC Cup awards presentations, Penticton’s Tyson Jost was selected the National Player of the Year.
The 2017 RBC Cup will be held in Cobourg, Ont. from May 13-21.