Okanagan Hockey Academy alum Beck Malenstyn and Team Canada Black will not be playing for a medal at the 2014 Under-17 Challenge as they fell 4-1 to the United States in a quarterfinal matchup on Thursday.
The United States held leads of 2-0 after 20 minutes and 3-1 going into the third period en route to their fourth straight win of the tournament.
Canada Black will now face-off against Slovakia in the 7th Place game on Friday afternoon (12:00pm PST).
Malenstyn, 16, 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: Andrea Klipp
My time at OHA provided me an opportunity to grow as a person and athlete. Without OHA I would not have had the opportunity to play post secondary hockey. The life skills I learned at OHA are skills that I will have with me forever.