South Korea wins gold at Women’s World Championship Division II Group A

Victory on home ice, in their last major tournament before next year’s Olympics, bodes well for the 2018 host nation

Team Korea took gold on April 9 at the IIHF Women’s World Championship Division II Group A, defeating the Netherlands 2-0 on home ice in their last major tournament before next year's PyeongChang Olympic Games. The tournament was played in Gangneung, on the eastern coast of South Korea.

After a scoreless first period, forward Soo Jin Han got Korea on the board with an even-strength tally at 36:04 of the second. A second Korea goal was waved off, but Han scored again in the third period, this time on the power play, making it 2-0. New York Riveters goaltender Sojung Shin posted the shutout, stopping 11 shots.


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In addition to their gold medal, Korea finished with three players in tournament's top 10 for scoring, goaltender Han Do Hee posting the highest save percentage, and Suyeon Eom earning the highest number of points among defenders.

The entire championship served as a showpiece for the South Korean women's program and just how far it's come under coach Sarah Murray. They ended with a perfect 5-0 record and earned promotion to Division I Group B, the highest level they've ever competed.