West Kelowna Warriors defenseman Jake Harrison carries the puck against the Brooks Bandits Saturday in the RBC Cup semifinal.

Warriors play for RBC Cup title

West Kelowna faces host Lloydminster Sunday in national junior A championship final

  • May. 22, 2016 11:00 a.m.

By Jason LaRose

LOYDMINSTER, Alta./Sask. – Connor Sodergren scored a goal and set up another, and the West Kelowna Warriors clinched their spot in the RBC Cup championship game with a 4-1 win over the Brooks Bandits on Saturday night.

West Kelowna will face the host Lloydminster Bobcats in Sunday’s final (4 p.m. MT, live on TSN 3/4/5).

The Warriors and Bandits faced off four times in three weeks on the Road to the RBC Cup, and West Kelowna won the two that mattered most, beating Brooks in the Western Canada Cup final, and on Saturday.

Jake LeBrun, Kyle Marino and Rylan Yaremko had the other goals for the Warriors, who are the fifth B.C. Hockey League in eight years to reach the championship game, but the first since Penticton in 2012.

Ty Mappin scored for Brooks, which couldn’t repeat its 5-1 preliminary-round win over West Kelowna.

The Warriors carried the play in the first period, outshooting Brooks 14-8, and struck twice in quick succession to take the lead just past the midway mark of the opening frame.

LeBrun got the scoring started at 11:42, hammering a one-timer through Brooks goaltender Garret Hughson off a feed from Kristian Blumenschein, and Sodergren doubled the advantage just 49 seconds after that, gathering in a pass from Garrett Forster before snapping a quick shot past a sprawling Hughson.

Mappin got one back for the Bandits in the dying seconds of the first period, poking a loose puck past West Kelowna netminder Matthew Greenfield with only 12 ticks left on the clock.

Greenfield took over in a scoreless second period, turning aside all 14 Brooks shots he faced to keep the West Region champions ahead by a goal heading to the third.

Needing insurance, the Warriors turned to their captain, as Marino used an active stick to cause a turnover in the Brooks zone before finishing the play seconds later by wiring a shot over the glove of Hughson to make it 3-1 just three minutes into the final stanza.

Yaremko added the final tally on a two-man advantage, deftly redirecting a LeBrun feed past Hughson.

Brooks finished with a 34-32 advantage in shots on goal

The Warriors will look Sunday to add to British Columbia’s record haul at Canada’s National Junior A Championship. A win would give the West Kelowna its first national title, and B.C. its 13th.

 

 

Just Posted

UPDATED: Mount Eneas fire grows to 1,374 hectares

Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen issues evac alerts for properties in Area F.

UPDATED: Okanagan Mountain Park wildfire evacuation alert lifted

An evacuation alert remains in effect for those on Lakeshore Road

Mount Conkle fire near Summerland 90 per cent guarded

This fire has several good water sources and has good road access which have contributed to the success

Law Creek wildfire still out-of-control

A blaze in West Kelowna still has 129 properties on an evacuation alert

BC Wildfire update on Okanagan blazes

Watch the media briefing on the current fire situation in the Okanagan.

Wildfires near Vernon extinguished

BX, Dee Lake and Irish Creek fires all out

What’s happening this weekend

Follow Social Squad memeber Matthew Abrey to find out what’s happeing this weekend

RCMP help to save goats from wildfire

The fast-approaching wildfire, sparked Thursday, forced the evacuation of five homes

Vernon’s Sparrow signs with Wichita

Vernon product headed to ECHL for pro hockey

VIDEO: Near drowning captured on popular B.C. river

Search and Rescue manager says the popular pastime of floating in the summer is inherently dangerous

Matjicka pulls trick for Silver Stars

Capri Insurance Men’s 55+ Soccer League roundup

Crosswalk vandalism leaves black mark for Cowichan as B.C. Games begin

Rainbow crosswalk defaced just days after being painted

Photo gallery: BC Games Day 1

A brief look at action from the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

Most Read