The Alberta Junior Hockey League will have two teams in the 2016 RBC Cup Semi Finals as the Bandits finished round robin play in 2nd place and the Bobcats in 4th.
The Brooks Bandits won the team's final round robin game with a victory over the Carleton Place Canadians on Thursday finishing with a record of 3-1. Carleton Place was eliminated from the tournament with the loss.
The Trenton Golden Hawks locked up first place in the preliminary round at the 2016 RBC Cup with a win over the Lloydminster Bobcats on Thursday night. The result means the same two teams will meet Saturday in the semi-finals.
The Brooks Bandits will take on the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) champion West Kelowna Warriors in the 7:30 PM semi-final at the 2016 RBC Cup on Saturday, May 21st. The Bandits will be the nominal home team in the game and thus control the last line change, by virtue of having finished second in the tournament round robin with a 3-1 record, one point ahead of the Warriors, whose 3-1 record included one shootout win.
It will be the fourth meeting between the Bandits and Warriors in the 2016 post-season. Brooks won its Western Canada Cup opener 4-2 over West Kelowna, before the Warriors responded with a 6-0 win in the tournament championship game. At the RBC Cup, Brooks defeated West Kelowna 5-1 in the round robin stage.
The Trenton Golden Hawks clinched first in the round robin standings at 3-0-1, setting up their semi-final matchup with the fourth-place Bobcats. As the top team, Trenton was able to choose which semi-final time slot it preferred, and selected the 2:30 PM option. History will not be on the side of Lloydminster on Saturday – since 1990, the No. 4 seed is 8-18 against the No. 1 seed in the semifinals.
Saturday, May 21st Semi-Final 1
Lloydminster Bobcats (Visitor/Light) VS Trenton Golden Hawks (Home/Dark)
Saturday May 21 Semi-Final 2
West Kelowna (Visitor/Light) VS Brooks Bandits (Home/Dark)
Friday, May 20
- 9:00 – 9:30 am (30 min) West Kelowna Warriors
- 9:45 – 10:15 am (30 min) Brooks Bandits
- 10:30 – 11:00 am (30 min) Lloydminster Bobcats
- 11:15 – 12:45 am (30 min) Trenton Golden Hawks
Saturday, May 21
- 9:00 – 9:30 am (30 min) Trenton Golden Hawks
- 9:45 – 10:15 am (30 min) Lloydminster Bobcats
- 10:30 – 11:00 am (30 min) Brooks Bandits
- 11:15 – 12:45 am (30 min) West Kelowna Warriors