Sports by Hartley Miller from 12:05 a.m. on Tuesday, February 15

Olympic Games:

The Canadian Olympic women’s hockey team crushed Switzerland 10-3 to advance to the gold medal game Wednesday night at 8:10 p.m. PT against the United States.

The Americans won their semi-final today (Monday) 4-1 against Finland.

The United States won Olympic gold four years ago when they edged the Canadians in a shootout.

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The Canadian men’s Olympic hockey team will face China in the qualifying round on Tuesday at 5:10 a.m. PT, with the winner advancing to the quarter-finals.

Canada went 2-1 in round robin play, including a 5-0 win over China.

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Prince George’s Meryeta O’Dine returns to Prince George this week with two Olympic bronze medals.

O’Dine, 24, combined with Eliot Grondin of Quebec for a third-place finish (Friday night PT) in mixed team snowboard cross.

Three days earlier, O’Dine had won bronze in women’s snowboard cross to become the first athlete from Prince George to win an Olympic medal.

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Canadian Olympic Medals: (Total of 15)

Gold: (1)

Snowboarder Max Parrot of Bromont, Quebec in the men’s slopestyle event.

Silver: (4)

Long track speed skater Isabelle Weidemann of Ottawa in the women’s 5,000 metres.
Eliot Grondin of Sainte-Marie, Quebec in men’s snowboard cross.
Short track speed skater Steven Dubois of Terrebonne, Que., in the men’s 1,500 metres.
Freestyle skier Mikael Kingsbury of Deux-Montagnes, Que., in the men’s moguls event.

Bronze: (10)

Bobsledder Christine de Bruin of Alberta in the monobob race.
Short track speed skater Steven Dubois of Terrebonne, Que., in the men’s 500 metres.
Meryeta O’Dine of PG & Eliot Grondin of Sainte-Marie, Quebec in mixed team snowboard cross.
Canada in the mixed team aerials freestyle skiing event.
Toronto skier Jack Crawford in the Alpine Combined event.
Prince George’s Meryeta O’Dine in the Women’s Snowboard Cross.
The Canadian ski jumping team in the mixed team event.
Short track speed skater Kim Boutin of Sherbrooke, Que., in the women’s 500 metres.
Regina snowboarder Mark McMorris in the men’s slopestyle event.
Long track speed skater Isabelle Weidemann of Ottawa in the women’s 3,000 metres.

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Sarah Beaudry of Prince George and Emily Dickson of Burns Lake are part of the Canadian team competing in the Olympic women’s biathlon relay on Wednesday.

Individually, Beaudry placed 80th and Dickson 81st in a field of 89 on Friday in the women’s 7.5 km sprint.

(On Monday, February 7, Dickson, 24, was 70th and Beaudry, 27, 80th in the women’s 87 individual 15 km.

Additionally, Beaudry was part of the Canadian mixed Olympic 4 x 6 km biathlon relay team which finished 14th out of 20 (Saturday, February 5).

WHL:

The (18-25-2-1) Prince George Cougars visit the (26-11-1-3) Kelowna Rockets on Wednesday before hosting the Rockets on Friday and Saturday.

The Cougars have lost five in a row and nine of their last 10 (1-8-1).

They have only scored six goals in their last five games and haven’t scored more than two goals in their last 10.

Prince George is 3rd in the BC Division and 6th in the Western Conference, one point ahead of Vancouver with the Giants holding three games in hand.

The Cougars are 3-17-1-1 against the top five teams in the Western Conference and 15-8-1-0 against the four teams below them in the Conference.

The WHL standings are here.

The PG Cougars regular season schedule is here.

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BHL:

The next three Prince George Spruce Kings games will be on the road: Friday in Salmon Arm, Saturday in Penticton and Family Day, Monday, February 21 in Vernon.

The Spruce Kings (23-9-3-6) have had at least one point in each of their last 18 games.

They haven’t lost in regulation since Dec. 18, when they lost 2-1 to the Vipers in Vernon.

Prince George is third in the Domestic Division, three points ahead of West Kelowna.

The Spruce Kings regular season schedule is here.

The BCHL ranking is here.

NHL: (4 Monday games)

Edmonton to San Jose

Toronto to Seattle

Chicago to Winnipeg

Detroit Minnesota

The (22-21-6) Vancouver Canucks visit the San Jose Sharks Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver is 14-6-4 since Bruce Boudreau took over as coach.

The Canucks schedule is here or here.

The NHL schedule is right here.

The NHL standings are here.

British Columbia Elite Hockey League: (AAA)

(U18 Male)

The U18 Cariboo Cougars visit the Valley West Giants Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday morning at 10 a.m. in Langley.

The (14-12-1-3) Cougars are 5th out of 10 teams while the (10-13-5) Giants are 7th,

The U-18 Cariboo Cougars schedule is here.

The U17 Cariboo Cougars visit the Vancouver NE Chiefs Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. and Sunday morning at 11:15 a.m. in Burnaby.

The (12-15-0-1) Cougars are in 7th place in the 10-team division while the (24-6) Chiefs are 1st.

The U-17 Cariboo Cougars schedule is here.

(U15 Male)

The U15 Cariboo Cougars host the Valley West Giants Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. at RMCA and Sunday morning at 11:45 a.m. at Kin 1.

The (5-17-0-2) Cougars are 9th out of 10 teams while the (20-3-3) Giants are tied for first.

The U-15 Cariboo Cougar schedule is here.

(U18 Female)

The Northern Capitals U18 women’s hockey team hosts the Greater Vancouver Comets in a triple game. Matches are scheduled for February 25 at 6:45 PM Kin 1, February 26 at 5:45 PM Kin 2, and February 27 at 8:15 AM Kin 2.

The Capitals (18-6-0-3) are second out of five teams while the Comets (4-23-1) are last.

The Northern Capitals program is here.

Basketball Canada West:

The UNBC Timberwolves host the UBC Thunderbirds Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. in Canada West Women’s Basketball.

The UNBC women are 6-7 this season while UBC is 6-10.

On the men’s side, the (5-11) Timberwolves host the (7-9) Trinity Western Spartans on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.

The UNBC Women’s Basketball Schedule is here, while the UNBC Men’s Basketball Schedule is here.

The Canada West women’s ranking is here and the men’s ranking is here.

NBA:

Toronto Raptors at New Orleans Pelicans

The Toronto Raptors begin a five-game road trip tonight (5:00 PT) against the (22-34) Pelicans in New Orleans.

The (31-24) Raptors were on an 8-game winning streak when they lost to the Denver Nuggets 110-109 on Saturday.

The Raptors schedule is here.

The NBA ranking is here.