Matthew Greenfield never missed a beat, or a save for that matter, in the biggest game of the season.
The West Kelowna Warriors netminder turned aside all 48 pucks that came his way, backstopping his club to a 4-0 win over the Lloydminster Bobcats in the RBC Cup final. It capped a triumphant return after Keelan Williams handled the Warriors’ crease for the first three games of the RBC Cup.
Lloydminster had the bulk of play in the first period, outshooting the Warriors 18-12. But Jonathan Desbiens’ goal 5:21 in proved to be all the offence needed on the night with the way Greenfield played.
The Bobcats had the shot edge again in the second but the only goal of the middle frame was a Reed Gunville marker on a nice setup by Garrett Forster.
Hanging on to the two-goal edge in the third with Lloydminster again swarming, West Kelowna added the 3-0 goal when Liam Blackburn tallied shorthanded just past the midway point of the final frame. It was a Rylan Yaremko goal, which traveled the length of the ice and curled into an empty net, that was the final Warriors tally on the night.
The victory delivers the first national title in Warriors franchise history and the 13th RBC Cup for the BCHL.
Greenfield posted a .980 save percentage in his three games at the RBC Cup, going 3-0 with a 0.67 goals-against average.