Ice Hockey: South Korean men score first goal of Games

By Dan Burns
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Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics

Ice Hockey – Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics – Men Preliminary Round Match – Czech Republic v South Korea - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea – February 15, 2018 - Cho Min-ho of South Korea celebrates after scoring a first period goal. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

By Dan Burns

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - It took the unified Korean women's ice hockey team 149 minutes and 31 seconds of playing time to get their first Olympic goal. South Korea's men's hockey team needed only 7 minutes and 34 seconds to do it.

The Koreans jumped out to a surprise 1-0 lead over a much higher-ranked Czech Republic team with a goal by Cho Minho, assisted by Brock Radunske and Michael Swift, sending the near-capacity crowed at the Gangneung Hockey Centre into delirium.

The Czechs leveled the scores about four minutes later.

(Reporting by Dan Burns, editing by Ed Osmond)