11 Dec Okanagan Hockey Academy UK finish year with two Wins
Okanagan Hockey Academy UK wrapped up their 2018 schedule with two wins, beating both Cardiff and Chelmsford U18s at home at the Link Centre to lift them to third place with several games in hand still. Versus Cardiff OHA UK set the pace right from the first face-off but Cardiff U18s showed good battle levels in the early minutes while under pressure. OHA UK opened the scoring at 7-minute mark, with a nicely worked Power-play goal from Reed Sayers with Jake Williams providing the assist. The Okanagan Hockey Academy then really raised their game and played an impressive 10-minute spell that saw them extend the score to 7-0, before the Cardiff Netminder had to leave the game injured causing an early end to the first period. Okanagan continued where they left off in the first with Carter Lloyd, scoring on the first shift back assisted by Aaron Moody. The ran into a 12-0 lead by 23.29, where the leagues new mercy rule was put in place, while the game was finished. Max Licht Completed his shut-out on the day as OHA UK collect another 2 points.
On Saturday 8th December, Chelmsford U18 were the visitors. This time OHA UK broke the deadlock early with Defense pair Ross Thompson and Jan Skorcik combing well for Skorcik to score at 1.39 of the first. New Defenseman Sam Taci scored his 2nd in two games to double lead at 6.53, before Carter Lloyd made it 3-0 20 seconds later. Jack Goodchild increased the score to 4-0 with a well taken breakaway while OHA UK were shorthanded. Then Carter Lloyd added his second to put Okanagan in a commanding lead. Goals from Jake Williams and Reed Sayers early in the third period all but ended the game although Chelmsford continued to battle throughout and make the OHA UK team work hard for everything. Lucas Arto scored the teams 8th goal, with a nice redirect goal off a point shot from Sam Taci and the period ended at 9-0 when Aaron Moody redirected another great point shot from Taci, who is settling in well on the OHA UK Blue line. Goals in the third period from Oli Endicott and a double from Reed Sayers to complete a hat-trick took the score line to 12-1, with Chelmsford getting a late consolation with a last-minute break away from Rowan Champney.
Okangan Hockey Academy UK now move to third and with games still in hand on the top two will be looking to close gap. They start 2019 with a meeting against first place Swindon on Saturday 12th January. Face Off 1pm.