Sports in brief: Lieuwen, Ice fall in Memorial Cup semis

Nathan Lieuwen's run at the Memorial Cup stalled in the semifinals.

Kootenay Ice goalie Nathan Liewen

Kootenay Ice goalie Nathan Liewen

Nathan Lieuwen’s run at the Memorial Cup stalled in the semifinals.

The Abbotsford-born goalie backstopped the Kootenay Ice to a 1-2 record during the round-robin portion of the national junior hockey championship tourney, held last week in Mississauga, Ont.

Lieuwen then came up with 28 saves in a do-or-die tiebreaker game with the Owen Sound Attack on Thursday, which Kootenay won 7-3. The Ice saw their season come to an end in the semis the following evening, as they fell 3-1 to the host Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors.

SOCCER STARS SELECTED

A pair of Abbotsford soccer players have been picked to represent Canada at the Summer Universiade in Shenzhen, China in August.

Defender Jason Gill and striker Gagan Dosanjh have been named to the Canadian team. Both play their university soccer for the UBC Thunderbirds, and both were named Canada West first team all-stars last season. Gill is a returnee from the Canadian team that finished 12th out of 16 at the last world university games in Belgrade, Serbia in 2009.

RBC GRANT BOOSTS CRICKET COMMUNITY

The RBC Foundation is contributing a $25,000 grant to the City of Abbotsford’s efforts to improve access to cricket.

“The cricket pitch at Clearbrook Park currently sits on uneven ground, which makes it hazardous for players,” said Abbotsford Mayor George Peary. “Thanks to the generous support of the RBC Foundation we will now be able to renovate and level these grounds. This project will have an immediate and very positive impact on the number of cricketers of all ages who will be able to use the pitch, and on the number of official and high profile matches we will be able to host.”

The pitch renovations and reinstating of the permanent wicket is expected to be completed by fall 2011.