A match against Olympic champions Canada was likely to be a daunting prospect for the Republic of Korea in Men’s Ice Hockey.
South Korea playing at an Olympic Winter Games for the first time.
Canada experienced Olympic campaigners, hoping for a third successive gold medal at PyeongChang 2018.
Korean goalkeeper Matt Dalton made several early saves and looked set for a busy night.
Dalton eventually beat by Christian Thomas.
Lifted by the home fans at the Gangneung Hockey Centre, South Korea fought back well.
A fine save from Kevin Poulin preventing an equalizer from Ahn Jin Hui.
Canada’s second goal was scored by Eric O’Dell, reacting well to a rebound.
Maxim Lapierre then made it 3-0. There was little room to work in but he found a way through.
Gilbert Brule knocked in a fourth goal.
A comfortable win in the end for Canada. The Republic of Korea emerging with a great deal of credit, especially Dalton who faced 49 shots on his goal.
Final Score – Canada 4, Republic of Korea 0.
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