Warriors now off to Royal Bank Cup National Championship in Lloydminister AB/SK against the host Bobcats Saturday May 14th
By Kyle Anderson
The West Kelowna Warriors won their first Western Canada Cup trophy with a 6-0 offensive explosion over the Brooks Bandits on Saturday night in Estevan, Saskatchewan.
West Kelowna scored three times in the first period to lead the charge as the mentality against goaltender Garrett Hughson was to throw pucks on goal.
The Warriors Kyle Marino fired a shot off the pad of Hughson in the first three minutes which kicked out to Bryan Basilico. His shot rebounded to Connor Sodergren who slipped it over the line, although it was credited to Basilico.
Just four minutes later, a seeing eye point shot from Nick Rutigliano snaked its way past the goaltender Hughson for the 2-0 lead.
At 15:22, Garrett Forster redirected a puck off his skate and into the goal for the 3-0 edge as West Kelowna out-shot the Bandits by a 18-11 margin.
It wasn’t until the final five minutes of the second period that the Warriors would score again, staving off a pushback from the Bandits on the shot clock. With the Warriors on one of their 14 power plays, Kyle Marino buried one to make it 4-0.
In the third, Kylar Hope tucked home a wrap-around goal, his specialty to make it 5-0, before Jared Marino scored on a late power play to make it 6-0.
Brooks would take 60 minutes in penalties in the game, including the final eight times short handed.
Keelan Williams picked up the shutout and had a sparkling tournament since coming in for Matthew Greenfield. Williams made 32 saves, raising his WCC save % to .963, and lowering his GAA to 0.96.
The Warriors will now have a week off but will stay in the prairies, opening up the Royal Bank Cup National Championship in Lloydminister AB/SK against the host Bobcats Saturday May 14th.
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