Members of the Upper Dek Vees and the RCMP hockey team pose for a photo after their exhibition game Sunday at the OHS Training Centre rink. Submitted photo

Penticton RCMP face off against local hockey squad

Members of the Penticton RCMP and the Upper Dek Vees played an exhibition hockey game

When the smoke cleared Sunday night at the OHS Training Centre it was the Penticton RCMP over the Upper Dek Vees special needs hockey team in a hard fought exhibition game.

The RCMP, under the direction of coach Cpl. Jason Goodfellow dressed in his Harry Dunne (actor Jeff Daniels) snowsuit, prevailed in a 12-8 shootout.

“It was kind of back and forth we had a strong second period and I think the clock saved us because they were having quite the come back,” said organizer and team member Don Wrigglesworth. “Really, it was a blast, really just a lot of fun for everyone.”

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The idea for the exhibition game came after he heard the special needs Upper Dek Vees were looking for teams to play from one of the organizations volunteers.

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The RCMP squad was made up of six E Watch members, General Investigation Section (GIS) members and an auxiliary.

“For one guy it was only his third time every playing and another guy hadn’t put on the equipment on for 20 years, but we really had a good time,” said Wrigglesworth.



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Cpl. Jason Goodfellow (back) dressed in his best Harry Dunne character snowsuit with RCMP hockey team players (front to back) Cpl. James Rutledge, Const. Paul Pithicott, Const. Phil Moses and Const. Mike Richardson. Submitted photo

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