Joint Korean Women’s Hockey Team Eliminated in the Winter Olympics

That didn’t take long for joint women’s hockey team to get eliminated:

Korea-Sweden hockey match

Goalie Shin So-jung of the unified Korean team (R) looks at the puck after allowing a goal in a women’s preliminary round ice hockey game at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics at the Kwandong Hockey Centre in Gangneung, 240 kilometers east of Seoul, on Feb. 12, 2018. The joint Korean team lost 8-0, suffering a preliminary round exit. (Yonhap)

The joint Korean women’s hockey team was eliminated in the preliminary round at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Monday, following its 8-0 loss to Sweden.

Korea suffered its second straight loss in Group B play, at Kwandong Hockey Centre in Gangneung, site of all ice events during the Olympics, two days after falling to Switzerland 8-0. The shots were 50-19 for Sweden.

Korea needed to finish in the top two in Group B to reach the knockout stage. And with the two losses, it won’t get there regardless of the result against Japan in Group B finale on Wednesday, which will also take place at Kwandong.

Sweden, which earlier beat Japan 2-1, and Switzerland have two wins apiece. They’ll clash on Wednesday at Kwandong with the top seed at stake. [Yonhap]

You can read more at the link, but the women’s hockey team was not expected to do much in the Winter Olympics.  With that said I have to wonder how much the fact that the North Koreans were added to the the team just a few weeks before the Olympics impacted their play?  The team is getting drubbed and has not scored a goal yet.


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A birthday party takes place for North Korean ice hockey players at the national training center in Jincheon, some 90 kilometers southeast of Seoul, on Jan. 28, 2018, in this photo provided by the Korean Sport & Olympic Committee the next day. South and North Korea have decided to field a joint women’s team for the Feb. 9-25 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. (Yonhap)