16 Oct OHA UK bounce back with huge win
OHA UK were in action last Saturday, as they hosted newly promoted Bracknell Bees U18s at the Link centre. Coming into the game off the back of a defeat to Guildofrd in their last outing, the Okanagan squad were looking for a big performance against the team sitting in 1st place in the league standings.
And the academy didn’t disappoint, coming out firing in the opening shift and putting the visitors straight on the back foot as OHA won the opening draw and went straight on the attack forcing an early save and then a penalty for the Bees. And Okanagan didn’t waste much time to punish the Bees on the man advantage. 32 seconds into the penalty with OHA moving the puck around well, Aaron Moody found Joe Llewellyn jumping down from the Blueline who fired a strong shot over the Netminders shoulder to take the lead. And the home team built on this early score putting the visitors under a load of pressure in the opening 5 minutes. And two goals for Oli Endicott just 9 seconds apart at 4.26 and 4.35 forced the Bees into an early timeout as they tried to stop the flow of the game. And Bracknell came out after this regrouped and pushed back turning into a real end to end match. Okanagan kept up their tempo and pressure though and took the score to 4-0 before the break as Aaron Moody turned goal scorer and sent the home team into the break with a strong lead.
The second period saw the Academy pick up where they left off, playing a real high tempo high pressure style and really moving the puck fast. And took the score to 5-0 with Cain Russell battling hard in front of net to force a rebound over the line after a point shot from Ross Thompson. And Thompson turned goal scorer to notch the teams 6th. Firing in a point shot while the team was on the Penalty Kill. Bracknell started to find more offence as the period drew on and got onto the scoreboard with Bailey Finn Hind-Pitcher firing home. OHA’s Aaron Moody scored his second on the PP assisted by Bow Neely. Before Bracknell scored a PP marker of their own. Soon after notching their 3rd to take the score to 9-3 at the break.
The third period saw the tempo of the game slow down and become less end to end. Bracknell had their strongest period of the match and forced Max Licht into several saves as OHA struggled to keep the rhythm they produced in the opening 40 minutes. Cain Russell scored the teams 10th, and what was his hat-trick marker before Bracknell replied to end the game with a 10-4 score line to OHA UK, who outshot their visitors 48-18. Player of the match going to Jack Goodchild who produced an impressive hard working display.
OHA UK, now head to Canada for two weeks as they train and play a series of games at the OHA base in Penticton.
OHA UK Head Coach Ryan Aldridge said “We were really pleased to see a much-improved performance from the group today. The first two periods saw us really play to our potential and show what we are capable of which exciting to see. We played to our strengths and really showed our identity as a team. We were a little disappointed that we couldn’t carry that through 60 minutes, but tiredness started to show in the final period and that happens when you have a smaller bench. We really hope this gives a great platform to build from as we pack up and head to Penticton for two weeks, for what should be a great fortnight and a chance to really develop the group further.