Shiori Koike (2), of Japan, celebrates with her teammates after scoring a goal against the combined Koreas during the third period of the preliminary round of the women's hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday. Photo: AP
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Japan beats unified Korean team 4-1 in women's ice hockey

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By TERESA M. WALKER

Hanae Kubo and Shoko Ono each scored in the first period, and Japan held off Korea 4-1 Wednesday for its first Olympic victory in women's hockey.

Japan came into its third Olympics winless, but it has the ninth-ranked team in the world and tops in Asia.

South Korea got a berth as host of the Pyeongchang Games and brought in six North Americans for their debut. The Koreans also had the added burden of playing with 12 North Koreans added to their expanded roster last month under an agreement between countries divided for seven decades.

Kubo scored 67 seconds in, and Ono added a power-play goal at 3:58.

The Koreans made more Olympic history of their own with their first goal at 9:31 of the second on their 33rd shot over three games. Randi Heesoo Griffin from Cary, North Carolina, whose mother is South Korean, scored from the right circle off an assist from fellow American Marissa Brandt before the Koreans came together jumping and celebrating on the ice.

Fans erupted while the North Korean cheerleaders jumped from their seats in the most uncoordinated moves they've made yet.

Shin So Jung made 40 saves keeping Korea close. Then Shiori Koike scored on a slap shot from the high slot with 8:18 left, and Rui Ukita had an empty-netter with 1:27 to go.

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Good for them. They were a good team this year and barely lost to Sweden and Switzerland despite outshooting them both.

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Unified Korea team? Don’t these guys threaten to annihilate each other every other week? Whats gunna happen once the games are over?

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Great job Japan. I still don't feel it was fair to have someone who claims another country as home and then comes back just for the games and claim the other country as home. That is not being fair and a form of cheating. Granted it was a US citizen/ Korean Citizen, if I was the US I would kick this person out and remove the dual nationality. Either your American or Korean. Kudos for Japan in keeping to tradition and representing an all Japan team.  What was the ending all about with the SKorean coach pretty miffed at the NKorean coach for pulling out the goalie to the field and leaving the goal empty, good call...

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any team with a north korean on it will be inferior, they lost to Sweden 8-0 so...... next

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Kim won't be happy with his NK players when they get home

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Well done Japan! Completely outplayed the United Korea team.

Was good of them to give the Korean team their first Olympic goal, but I don’t think that’ll be enough to save the NK players from the punishment they will receive for losing once they get back to NK.

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I agree japan played well, better than I expected, but the game against Korea was their worst.  They did not narrowly loose from Sweden and Switserland, they were firmly beaten.

I fully understand the SK coach was mad with the NK coach for taking out the goalie , with 2 goals behind and 2 minutes to play that is madness, you only do that when you are one goal down. 

Having said all that, i think, japan would have had a hard time winning against the planned South Korean team. Might have been close.

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I fully understand the SK coach was mad with the NK coach 

Did they really have 2 coach giving different instructions? Lol i should have watched that.

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the North Korean cheerleaders jumped from their seats in the most uncoordinated moves they've made yet.

Sounds like some hockey players and cheerleaders are going to be getting some re-education from their Great Leader when they get back. Sad thing is, I'm not even joking.

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Bravo Zulu to the Japanese hockey team!

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The Koreans also had the added burden of playing with 12 North Koreans added to their expanded roster last month under an agreement between countries divided for seven decades.

The love-fest ends! Now that SK is faced with loosing, their northern brothers and sisters now become a burden.

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United they fall, divided they stand.

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faced with loosing! Oh no

Anyway the Canadian coach of the mixed Korea hockey team hadn't expected an improvement with the pairing so it wasn't going to be wins and goals that were significant for the team, just the idea of working together

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Anyway the Canadian coach of the mixed Korea hockey team hadn't expected an improvement with the pairing so it wasn't going to be wins and goals that were significant for the team, just the idea of working together

You can bet that Kim will be taking all the credit if and when they do win a match!

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robert maesFeb. 14  11:33 pm JST

I fully understand the SK coach was mad with the NK coach for taking out the goalie , with 2 goals behind and 2 minutes to play that is madness, you only do that when you are one goal down. 

You obviously don't understand ice hockey with a comment like that. You can and people have successfully taken the goalie out with 4 goals down and ended up winning the game! It does not matter at all if you lose by 2 goals or 3 goals. Of course you take out the goalie to get a power play.

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