The Moose Jaw Warriors' two first round picks found the score sheet as the 2015 Western Canada Under-16 Challenge Cup opened on Wednesday in Calgary.
Jett Woo had an assist as Team Manitoba knocked off Team Saskatchewan, 4-3, in their opener, while Luka Burzan scored in a 6-3 loss for Team BC to Team Alberta during the opening day action at the Markin MacPhail Centre.
Manitoba 4 Saskatchewan 3
Woo assisted on Riley Stotts eventual game-winning goal for Team Manitoba in their one-goal win over Team Saskatchewan.
Moose Jaw Generals' Connor Hayward – a Warriors' listed player – along with Cole Fonstad, Devan Harrison and Jake Tremblay were all held off the score sheet in the loss for Saskatchewan.
Justin Nachbaur scored twice in the first period to give Manitoba an early 2-0 lead. Saskatchewan would tie the game thanks to shorthanded goal by Carson Focht late in the first period and a goal from Carson Miller 1:38 into the second period.
Koby Morrisseau put Manitoba back in front midway through the second and Stotts made it a 4-2 lead just under three minutes later with a power play marker.
Kaeden Taphorn pulled Saskatchewan within one at the midway point of the third period, but that would be as close as they would get.
Alberta 6 BC 3
The two tournament favourites squared off to open things up on Wednesday night and despite a strong start from BC, Alberta would score five unanswered goals to skate to the win.
Liam Kindree opened the scoring for BC 7:14 into the game and Burzan – the Warriors' sixth overall pick – scored an unassisted shorthanded goal just 5:16 later to make it 2-0 for BC.
Josh Tarzwell got Alberta on the board before the end of the first period, but BC was able to extend their lead to 3-1 on a Tyler Popowich goal 4:48 into the second period.
It was all Alberta after that as they picked up goals from Josh Prokop and Nicholas Bowman to tie the game at 3-3 after two. Chase Wouters, Bowman and Prokop would score in the third to finish off the come back win.
Bowman and Prokop had two goals each in the win, while Eric Florchuk, Spencer Moe and Elijah Brown all had two assists for Team Alberta.
Warriors' third round pick Louis Jamernik was held off the score sheet in the win for Alberta, while Austin Chorney – the Warriors' second round pick – and eighth round pick Coleton Bilodeau were held pointless.
Coming Up on Thursday... Team Saskatchewan plays in the afternoon again on Thursday as they face-off with Alberta at 3:00pm, while BC will take on Manitoba at 7:00pm.