07 Oct OHA fall to first defeat
OHA UK fell to their first defeat of the season last weekend, losing out 3-1 to Guildford U18’s in what was a highly contested end to end affair.
Guildford got off to the stronger start, really forcing OHA on the opening shift and forcing Max Licht into early action on the Okanagan net. And at the 1.32 mark the pressure turned into the opening goal of the game for the visitors. A defensive turnover allowing Zak White-Sey to fire past Licht with a strong finish bar down. OHA regrouped and started to put together some better shifts and spells of offensive pressure but found Milan Rohmer in the Guildford net in strong form. Oli Endicott and Cain Russell both combined to produce a chance from the slot, only to see the Rohmer deny them and the follow up effort from Jack Goodchild.
The second period saw OHA get off to a stronger start and again apply spells of offensive pressure, that lead to a number of penalties against Guildford With two back to back Power Play’s for Okanagan, the team really moved the puck around well, but still could find no way past the visiting netminder. It took till 36.36 for OHA to level. A fast break from their own end saw a rink wide pass to a flying Cain Russell, who beat the Defenseman to the middle of the ice and found a cool top corner finish to level the game. Guildford however had the best response. Straight from the following center ice draw, they broke wide down the left and a pass across Licht in net, deflected off the OHA defenseman and into the back of the net. The game only level for 8 seconds. The visitors increased their lead at 38.56 while on the Power-Play. William Lawson the player on the spot on the back post to find a rebound and take Guildford into the third period ahead by two.
The third period was an even affair. Both teams playing some strong defense, but chances in short supply. Both teams Power-plays got chances to increase the score but struggled to generate a clear scoring opportunity. The clock ran down, and OHA pulled Max Licht early for the extra attacker but were unable to reduce the deficit. Final score, a hard fought 3-1 victory for Guildford. OHA Player of the game going to Leandro Pennisi who always looked strong on the puck for Okanagan.
OHA UK Head Coach Ryan Aldridge said “Give credit to Guildford, they are a very good hockey team and fully deserved the win today. It’s great to see that the division looks like it’s going to be a much tougher and tighter league from top to bottom, and that can only be a good thing for everyone. We have plenty to take from todays game, and it’s given us several area’s we really have to be better in as we move forward. And that work will start this week as we look to bounce back in our next game against Bracknell.”
OHA play next at home on Saturday October 12th, face-off 1pm.