BCHL Warriors Earn First Ever Win at RBC Cup with Win Over Host AJHL Bobcats

In the second game at the 2016 RBC Cup in Lloydminster, Alberta/Saskatchewan, the British Columbia Hockey League champions, the West Kelowna Warriors took on the hosts, the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Lloydminster Bobcats on May 14th in national championship junior ‘A’ hockey action. The Bobcats hit the ice for the first time since their season ended over six weeks ago while the Warriors come into their first game since winning the 2016 Western Canada in just over a week ago in Estevan, Saskatchewan.

Warrior Jonathan Desbiens sinks the opening goal for West Kelowna at 7:11 of the first to give the BCHL champions a 1 – 0 lead. Liam Blackburn and Quin Foreman add the assists on Desbiens power play goal. With their second power play goal of the game, Jake LeBrun gives West Kelowna a 2 – 0 lead 12:13 into the first with Warriors Kylar Hope and Blackburn registering the helpers on Lebrun’s power play goal.

1:35 into the second period, Desbiens sinks his 19th of the 2016 post – season and second of the contest to bring the Warriors lead to 3 – 0 with a pass from Nick Rutigliano. With his second of the evening, Warrior LeBrun scores West Kelowna’s fourth of the game at 12:58 of the middle period with Blackburn and Brett Mennear adding the contributors on LeBrun’s second power play goal of the game. Warrior forward Liam Blackburn adds to the lead at 14:16 to give West Kelowna a 5 – 0 lead with a goal behind Bobcat netminder Alex Leclerc with helpers from Kyle Marino and Rylan Yaremko drawing the assists.

At 17:20 of the second, Lloydminster’s Austin O’Rourke scores the Bobcats first of the game with helpers from Morgan Messenger and Stefan Wood to bring the game to 5 – 1 for the Warriors. Bobcat Brett Smythe picks up a rebound to the left of Warrior goaltender Keelan Williams’ net for Lloydminster’s second of the game at the 12:25 mark of the third. Eric Benshadle and Nick Quillan had the assists on Smythe’s power play goal.

With the 5 – 2 win over the Bobcats, West Kelowna earns their first win ever at a RBC Cup.

The AJHL Bobcats will now have a day off before they face the CCHL Carleton Place Canadians in the lone game on Monday May 16th at 7:30 p.m (MST) while the (1 – 0) BCHL Warriors hit the ice against the AJHL (0 – 1) Brooks Bandits.

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