Unified Korea score first Olympic hockey goal against Japan

Unified Korea score first Olympic hockey goal against Japan

The team, comprised of 23 South Korean and 12 North Korean players, lost its first two games to Switzerland and Sweden by identical 8-0 scores.

At least 150 cheerleaders filled an entire section of the Gangneung Hockey Centre arena, directly behind one of the goals.

North Korean cheerleaders celebrate a goal scored by South Korean player Cho Min-ho (C in white) against the Czech Republic during the teams' Group A game of the men's hockey tournament at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics at Gangneung Hockey Centre in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, on February 15, 2018.

Sporting white, red and blue outfits and red and white beanies, they promptly broke out into song, waving white and blue unification flags. The Koreans faced the Czech Republic as both teams opened Olympic play. With an assist by Brock Radunske, forward Cho Min-ho managed to place the puck into the Czech Republic's net.

Rising figure skating star Cha Jun-hwan will make his first appearance in the individual competition at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Friday, a chance to measure himself against a who's who of figure skating today. First game ever in the Olympics.

Still, "It's good that we scored a goal in the Olympics".

Later in the first period, Jan Kovar scored Czech Republic's second goal.

"I would say the games against Japan more than anything else have been something that have brought North and South Koreans together because everyone is saying, 'We really need to win this game, '" she said. "The painting of my father means a lot to me", Shin told reporters after the game against Japan.

This is the first time since 1994 that the Olympic tournament is being played without NHL players, since the League and the International Olympic Committee failed to agree the traveling terms.

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