Olympics alert: OHA alumna Clark and Canada to face Finland

Team Canada forward Emily Clark played hockey in Penticton for two seasons

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.

Related: Clark starts Canada’s bid for fifth straight Olympic gold

Clark logged 15:08 of ice time in her first-ever game at the Olympics and recorded two shots on goal.

Related: Okanagan Hockey Academy helped Clark reach Olympic dream

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).

A night I will never forget. Incredibly proud to be Canadian!

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