Okanagan Hockey Academy alum Beck Malenstyn forced a turnover and setup the overtime-winner as Team Canada Black ended the 2014 World Under-17 Challenge on a positive note, winning 3-2 over Slovakia on Friday afternoon.
Malenstyn picked off an attempted Slovakian drop pass and found Félix Lauzon all alone in front, and the Roxton Pond, Quebec product buried the shot to give Canada Black the win.
Samuel Girard and Nolan Volcan also tallied for Canada Black, which finish the tournament in seventh place.
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
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.