Emily Clark, an alum of Okanagan Hockey Academy, has been named to the Canadian national women’s hockey team for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. Hockey Canada images

Clark starts Canada’s bid for fifth-straight Olympic gold

Okanagan Hockey Academy alumna, Emily Clark, is on Team Canada at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics

Canada’s women’s national team skated to a 5-0 win over the Olympic Athletes from Russia this morning.

For Olympics rookie Emily Clark, an alumna of Okanagan Hockey Academy, the first time hitting the ice with the Canadian national team was made even more special as her entire line started the game. Clark is the centre of an all-rookie forward line that also includes Sarah Nurse and Laura Stacey.

Related: Okanagan Hockey Academy helped Clark pursue Olympic dream

Clark logged 15:08 of ice time in the game and recorded two shots on goal. It was a big night for teammate Rebecca Johnston and Melodie Daoust who each scored two goals in the win. Also scoring for Canada was Haley Irwin. Goalie Ann-Renée Desbiens earned the shutout, turning aside 18 shots.

Related: Cheer for the Okanagan athletes competing at the Olympics

The U.S. defeated Finland 3-1 in the other game played this morning. Canada, who are trying for their fifth-straight gold medal at the Olympics, will face Finland in their next game on Feb. 13 at 11:40 p.m. (PST).

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