Okanagan Hockey Academy alum Beck Malenstyn and Team Canada Black opened up the 2014 World Under-17 Challenge with a 5-1 loss to Russia on Sunday in Sarnia, Ontario.
Malenstyn, 16, didn’t hit the scoresheet, but did create a couple quality scoring chances while playing a physical game.
Canada Black trailed 2-0 after 20 minutes and 3-1 going into the third period, however a comeback was not in the cards as Russia continued to control the pace of the game, scoring twice more in the final frame.
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.
Canada Black is back in action on Monday night as they take on Team Canada White at 4:00pm PST. The game can be watched online for free on the Hockey Canada website. Canada White is coming off a 5-1 loss to Finland.Photo's courtesy of Andrea Klipp
OHA helped shape the person I am today in an abundance of ways. The training regime and on-ice practice went a long way in helping me achieve my set goals in hockey, while making the jump to the next level attainable. Ultimately, it was the lessons I learned off the ice that have shaped me the most. From learning to balance school with hockey, to building character and unity with my team. All in all, OHA was the best decision to not only further my hockey career, but also to further myself as a person."