The Canadian national women’s hockey team will face Finland in their second game in the preliminary round at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics tonight.
Emily Clark, who played the opening shift with the all-rookie line in Canada’s 5-0 win over the Olympic Athletes of Russia, is a Okanagan Hockey Academy alumna.
Clark logged 15:08 of ice time in her first-ever game at the Olympics and recorded two shots on goal.
Backed by one of the top female goalies in the world (Noora Raty), Finland won a bronze medal at the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship. In that tournament she turned aside 35 shots to help lift them over Canada 4-3 in the preliminary round. It was the first time Finland had defeated Canada. The U.S. won the gold medal at the world championship defeating Canada 3-2 in overtime.
Finland, who didn’t advance to the medal round in the 2014 Olympics, jumped out to a 1-0 lead in their opening game against the U.S. but eventually lost the game 3-1.
Puck drop for Canada versus Finland is on Feb. 13 at 11:40 p.m. (PST).