Sports in BRIEF
U-18 team with Penticton flavour
Penticton’s Jessie Olfert is playing on Team B.C.’s under-18 team in the women’s national championship hosted by Dawson Creek. Team B.C. won its first game 3-1 against Saskatchewan, then played Ontario Red Nov. 8 before wrapping up its schedule Friday against Team Atlantic at 6 p.m. All games will be webcast at hockeycanada.fasthockey.com, while the gold medal game will be broadcast on TSN2/RDS, official broadcasters of Hockey Canada.
Former Vee retires
Andrew Pickering, a BCHL alumni, announced his retirement according to www.wscho.com. Pickering, who last played in the BCHL with the Penticton Vees, has decided to end his career with the University of Alaska-Anchorage due to concussions. “Andrew has sustained two concussions in the last two months and has decided to concentrate on his health and studies,” said UAA coach Dave Shyiak in a statement. “It is unfortunate for Andrew and the Seawolf program as he has worked hard in the classroom and to get his body ready for this season. Pickering played 14 games over two seasons scoring one goal. He didn’t play any games this season. The West Vancouver product also played for the Victoria Grizzlies, Trail Smoke Eaters, Prince George Spruce Kings and Merritt Centennials, according to www.eliteprospects.com.
Men's rec hockey
The Cawston Cold Storage Best Damn Wings battled to a 6-6 tie with the Bar One Argo Bisons in Penticton Men’s Rec Hockey action. In other league games, the Eco Dry Ice Dogs defeated the Best Damn Wings 6-4, the Mule Broncos thumped the Hitmen 12-4 and the Ice Dogs doubled up the Game Time Sports Wolverines 6-3.