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Day One – Golden Hawks 3 @ Bandits 2 / Warriors 5 @ Bobcats 2

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LLOYDMINSTER, Alta./Sask. – Kevin Lavoie had two goals, including the third-period game-winner, to help the Trenton Golden Hawks edge the Brooks Bandits 3-2 in the opening game Saturday at the 2016 RBC Cup.

It’s the first time since 2012 that the Central Region champions opened Canada’s National Junior A Championship with a win, and just the second since 2007, when the region won its most recent national title.

Both teams will see action again Sunday; Trenton takes on the Carleton Place Canadians in the day’s early game (3:30 p.m. MT), while the Bandits take on the West Kelowna Warriors in the night cap (7:30 p.m. MT).

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LLOYDMINSTER, Alta./Sask. – Jonathan Desbiens and Jake LeBrun had two goals each, and the West Kelowna Warriors scored four times on special teams to beat the host Lloydminster Bobcats 5-2 in the opening game for both Saturday at the 2016 RBC Cup.

West Kelowna converted on its first three power-play opportunities and scored a shorthanded goal for good measure to earn the victory in its debut at Canada’s National Junior A Championship.

The Warriors are right back to action Sunday, meeting the Brooks Bandits in a rematch of the Western Canada Cup final (7:30 p.m. MT), while the Bobcats see the ice next in the lone game Monday, taking on the Carleton Place Canadians (7:30 p.m. MT).

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