Injured Vee Cassidy Bowes is back skating with the team and could see action this weekend. President and head Fred Harbinson is in the background.                                Mark Brett/Western News

Injured Vee Cassidy Bowes is back skating with the team and could see action this weekend. President and head Fred Harbinson is in the background. Mark Brett/Western News

Another Penticton Vee bitten by the bug

Another member of the Penticton Vees is sidelined

It wasn’t the injury bug responsible for sidelining another prominent Penticton Vee, it was the mononucleosis (mono) virus.

Fred Harbinson, head coach and general manager of the Vees said Tuesday, first-year Vee Luke Loheit, an NHL Ottawa Senators draft pick, will likely be out for several weeks.

“He (Loheit) wasn’t very good in the games this week, he just looked lethargic and he didn’t have the jump that he normally has and now we know why,” said Harbinson. “It’s too bad. He was off to a great start and now, who knows? We’ll just have to wait and see. The biggest thing now is he’s going to have to get some rest.”

Loheit, a forward, was held pointless in the last two Vees wins on Friday and Saturday after scoring a pair of goals and one assist in the first three games of the season.

There is some good news on the injury front. Cassidy Bowes, who has been practicing (no hit) with the team, could be back as early as this weekend.

Related: Vees open at home with a win

The coach is also hoping that Massimo Rizzo may soon be back in Penticton for training as he continues to recover from his injury.

Neither Bowes, 19, or Rizzo, 17, have yet to play a game this season.

In spite of not having played, Rizzo was named this week as a B level prospect by NHL Central Scouting Service and someone to watch in the 2019 draft next June.

“We knew that’s where he’d (Rizzo) be and for his sake, he just wants to get out there and start playing and proving that he belonged that in that category,” said Harbinson. “With that kind of talent, he’ll come in here and hopefully get up to speed sooner than later.”

More good news for the Vees was the performance of the two new 20-year-old additions, Andre Ghantous and Brendan Harrogate, who saw their first action in the last two weekend games.

Harrogate had two goals and two assists in each game and Ghantous netted a pair of markers and added a helper in his first contest.

“They have definitely helped and will now be even more magnified with Loheit out,” said Harbinson.

Related: He’s big and he’s blue

The coach is looking ahead to a good weekend with a home and away series with the Vernon Vipers, Friday at the South Okanagan Events Centre ( 7 p.m.) and the following night in at the Kal Tire Place in Vernon.

“It’s a great rivalry and not much has to be said really,” said Harbinson. “There’s a lot of new faces on both sides but when you throw Penticton and Vernon jerseys out on the same ice, it’s kind of like Montreal and Boston, Yankees and Red Sox.

“It’s that kind of feel. They don’t like us, we don’t like them.”

Another off-ice team addition will be back in the stands Friday as the Vee’s big, blue, furry and, as yet, unnamed mascot will be in attendance.

“He’s got a lot of great reviews and is something that we talked about is long overdue,” said Harbinson. “When I put on my president’s hat, it’s all about we never sit still. It’s fun for the kids, it’s fun for all ages really, but I know the kids really enjoy it and they’ll be a new crop of Vees fans down the road.

Related: Vees additions bolster lineup for home opener

“I know my six-year-old wouldn’t stop talking about it, so the next thing is just naming it.”

The club is leaving the name game up to fans, who are asked to go to the Vees Facebook page (pentictonvees) with their suggestions from which the team will make some selections and put the choices up for a fan vote in two weeks.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.


 MarkBrett
Send Mark Brett an email.
Like the Western News on Facebook.
Follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

A map released by the BCCDC on Jan. 15 shows the number of new COVID-19 cases reported for each local health area between Jan. 3 and 9. (BCCDC Image)
Salmon Arm and Vernon see increase in new COVID cases, curve flattening elsewhere

The rate of new cases is levelling off in Kelowna, Penticton and Revelstoke.

The Premier Hotel on Summerland’s Main Street and the taxi were owned by Bill and Lydia Johnston. Today, the building is Sass Fashions in Summerland. H.S. Kenyon, who moved the building to Summerland from Midway, continued with building construction. His family now operates Greyback Construction. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
Two former Summerland hotel buildings have been moved over the years

Transport of buildings is part of community’s history

Interior Health update. File photo.
86 new COVID-19 cases, two more deaths in Interior Health

The new deaths are from Heritage Square, a long-term care facility in Vernon

The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs is inviting everyone to join them in celebrating Pink Shirt Day safely at home. (Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs)
Pink Shirt Day re-imagined as COVID-19 pandemic continues

The Boys and Girls Clubs are introducing Breakfast in a Box

Keith the curious kitten is seen on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA. Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 is Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Jan. 17 to 23

Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, Pie Day and International Sweatpants Day are all coming up this week

The organizer of a Kelowna protest against COVID-19 restrictions was fined by the RCMP for the third time Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (File photo)
COVID-19: Organizer of Kelowna anti-restriction protest ticketed for third time

The individual’s latest ticket for $2,300 was handed out by RCMP at an anti-lockdown rally Saturday

Mount Boucherie Secondary School is one of three Kelowna schools with confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to an update from the school district Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (File photo)
COVID-19 confirmed at 3 Kelowna schools

Interior Health has confirmed exposures at Mount Boucherie, Springvalley and South Rutland schools

Half of the most expensive homes are on 2080 Mackenzie Crt, which is across the street from Revelstoke Mountain Resort. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
The 10 most valuable homes in Revelstoke for 2020

Combined, the properties are worth more than $35M

Lake Country native Evan-Riley Brown is in the cast for the new film Journey To Royal: A WW II Rescue Mission to be released on video on demand and streaming services on Feb. 2. (Contributed)
Okanagan actor lands role in WW II movie

Evan-Riley Brown, from Lake Country, cast in production labelled as hybrid of a feature film and documentary called Journey To Royal: a WW II Rescue Mission.

JaHyung Lee, “Canada’s oldest senior” at 110 years old, received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. He lives at Amenida Seniors Community in Newton. (Submitted photo: Amenida Seniors Community)
More than 20 days have passed since the last case of COVID-19 was confirmed at Lakeside Manor. (File photo)
Salmon Arm retirement facility reopens social areas after COVID-19

More than 20 days have passed since last confirmed case at Lakeside Manor

A unique-looking deer has been visiting a Nanoose Bay property with its mother. (Frieda Van der Ree photo)
A deer with 3 ears? Unique animal routinely visits B.C. property

Experts say interesting look may be result of an injury rather than an odd birth defect

Standardized foundation skills assessment tests in B.C. schools will be going ahead later than usual, from Feb. 16 to March 12 for students in Grades 4 and 7. (Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. teachers say COVID-affected school year perfect time to end standardized tests

Foundational skills testing of Grade 4 and 7 students planned for February ad March

Most Read