West Kelowna Warriors Junior 'A' Hockey Club
2016 RBC Cup Champions
Jake Harrison, Tyler Anderson, Matt Monk, Rylan Yaremko, Kristian Blumenschein, Scott Allan, Nick Rutigliano, Quin Foreman, Brett Mennear, Connor Sodergren, Jake LeBrun, Reed Gunville, Lane Gilliss, Kylar Hope, Garrett Forster, Bryan Basilico, Jonathan Desbiens, Liam Blackburn, Kyle Marino, Jared Marino, Matthew Greenfield, Keelan Williams, Shane Farkas
Head Coach & General Manager - Rylan Ferster
Assistant Coach - Cory Cross
Assistant Coach - Shae Naka
Trainer - Mike Bois
Matthew Greenfield made 48 stops in the West Kelowna net. Jonathan Desbiens, Reed Gunville, Liam Blackburn and Rylan Yaremko scored for the Warriors, in a 4 to 0 win.
It marked the first national championship for the franchise, which originated in Langley in 1994-95 and moved to West Kelowna for the 2006-07 campaign. It’s the first Canadian championship for the BCHL since the Penticton Vees won it all in 2012.
Prior to the national event, they earned their way to a Fred Page Cup victory after completing the British Columbia Hockey League regular season with a 38-17-2-1 record.
“In the playoffs we seemed to be a little bit of an under dog for what ever reason but we had to come through some really good teams to get here,” Ferster said. We didn’t have an easy road, we had to work really hard and battle through four great teams,” he added, as they faced Salmon Arm Silverbacks, Penticton Vees, Chilliwack Chiefs, and Nanaimo Clippers before winning entering the Western Canada Cup.
It was there they earned their way to the RBC Cup, shutting out the Brooks Bandits, 6-0, in the WCC final. In the RBC Cup, they finished with a 2-1-1-0 preliminary record before winning over the Lloydminster Bobcats in the finals. They eliminated the Brooks Bandits in the semifinal, 4-1.
West Kelowna’s leading goal scorer, five goals for six points, Jonathan Desbiens opened the scoring 5:21 in the first period, a goal that would be the championship winner.
Greenfield, West Kelowna’s starting net minder, concluded the tournament with an overall 3-0 record, which included two preliminary wins against the Carleton Place Canadians and the Brooks Bandits. He allowed two goals on 54 shots in the preliminary. Backup Keelan Williams allowed 10 goals on 116 shots, for an overall 2-1 tournament record.