It was a nail-biter for Okanagan Hockey Academy alum Beck Malenstyn and Team Canada Black as they fell 5-4 in overtime to Team Canada White on Monday at the 2014 World Under-17 Challenge in Sarnia, Ontario.
Malenstyn, 16, was once again a physical presence on the ice for Canada Black, while also creating a couple quality scoring chances.
Canada Black opened up a 2-0 lead midway through the first period, however Canada White stormed back with three goals in just over three minutes to take a 3-2 lead into the locker room.
After the teams traded goals in the middle stanza, Canada Black was able to knot the score at four just 3:42 into the third period, which would ultimately force overtime, where Canada White’s Nicolas Hauge fired home a shot from the point to give them the win.
Canada Black will look to get in the win column on Tuesday evening as they take on Finland. You can watch the game live and for free on the Hockey Canada website. Puck drop goes at 4:00pm PST.
Malenstyn spent three seasons with OHA, most recently during the 2013-14 season when he netted 59 points (33-26-59) in 45 games for the OHA Prep team, which captured the CSSHL Prep Division Championship.
The 6-foot, 175-pounder has scored two goals in 11 games so far this season with the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Calgary Hitmen, the team that drafted him in the first round, 18th overall, at the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.Photos courtesy of Andrea Kipp
Choosing Okanagan Hockey Academy was one of the best decisions I have made for my development. The relationships I built with my teammates, coaches, and staff are bonds that will last a lifetime. The structure of the program on and off the ice prepared me to play junior hockey.