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UWRF women's hockey hosting Korean national team

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls women's hockey team will host the Korean national team in an exhibition game Sunday, Jan. 7, at Hunt Arena in the Falcon Center.

The game will be a tune-up for the visiting team which will compete in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February with an automatic entry as the host nation.

"The exhibition game will be an exciting opportunity for us to showcase our women's hockey program and the new Falcon Center on an international stage," said UW-River Falls Interim Athletic Director Crystal Lanning. "The fact that the Korean national team will be on campus during the university's 'Year of South Korea' celebration will only add to the excitement of this event."

South Korea's team currently holds the No. 22 world ranking from the International Ice Hockey Federation and won the Division IIA world women's championship in 2017. The Koreans have played 43 sanctioned games against other national teams in their history, winning eight.

Ranked sixth in U.S. College Hockey Online's latest poll, the Falcons currently hold a record of 7-4-1 on the season.

"I think this is a unique opportunity for my players to get to play an Olympic team and it should be a great experience for them," said Joe Cranston, UW-River Falls women's hockey head coach. "It also says a lot about the quality of our women's hockey program here at UWRF to be given this opportunity."

Faceoff is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. at Hunt Arena in Falcon Center. Admission is free and UW-River Falls Athletics invites all area youth hockey players to bring their skates to take the ice with the teams immediately following the game.

In addition to the 2017 UWRF "Year of" program in which the university celebrates a different culture each year, UW-River Falls has an exchange agreement in place with South Korea's Yeungjin College, an arrangement which facilitates Korean students interested in attending UWRF. The ongoing relationship with Yeungjin College also provides UW-River Falls students the opportunity to teach abroad.

Bob Burrows

Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.

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