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(Olympics) Joint Korean hockey team eliminated in preliminary round after 2nd straight loss

2018/02/12 23:27

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By Yoo Jee-ho

GANGNEUNG, South Korea, Feb. 12 (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.

Park Chae-lin (C) and Randi Heesoo Griffin of Korea (R) battle Fanny Rask of Sweden for a loose puck during the teams' Group B game in the women's hockey tournament at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics at Kwandong Hockey Centre in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, on Feb. 12, 2018. (Yonhap) Park Chae-lin (C) and Randi Heesoo Griffin of Korea (R) battle Fanny Rask of Sweden for a loose puck during the teams' Group B game in the women's hockey tournament at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics at Kwandong Hockey Centre in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, on Feb. 12, 2018. (Yonhap)

In the women's tournament, there are eight teams divided into two groups of four, based on 2016 world rankings.

Canada, the United States, Finland and Russia are in Group A, and the top two countries from this group will advance directly to the semifinals, while the bottom two will reach the quarterfinals. The top two teams from Group B will join them in the knockout stage.

The bottom-two teams of Group B, Korea and Japan, will be relegated to the classification playoffs, where they will face the losers of the quarterfinals.

Korea head coach Sarah Murray made some lineup changes for Monday's game. Of 23 South Koreans and 12 North Koreans on the expanded team, only 22 players -- 20 skaters and two goaltenders -- can play each game, and at least three must be from North Korea.

Murray, who used three North Koreans on Saturday, also went with three on Monday.

South Korea is ranked 22nd in the world and North Korea is 25th. And their combined effort wasn't nearly enough against the fifth-ranked Sweden.

jeeho@yna.co.kr

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