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UMD women's hockey: Bell scores for Canada in Olympic debut, Soderberg shines for Sweden

Minnesota Duluth's Ashton Bell scored her first Olympic goal for Canada while Emma Soderberg made 37 saves for Sweden on the opening day of the 2022 Olympic women's hockey tournament in Beijing, China.

Ice Hockey - Women's Prelim. Round - Group B - Sweden v Japan
Emma Soderberg of Sweden makes a save against Japan on February 3, 2022, at the 2022 Olympics at Wukesong Sports Centre in Beijing, China.
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Minnesota Duluth fifth-year senior defenseman Ashton Bell scored in her Olympic debut with Canada on Thursday as the reigning world champions opened with a 12-1 victory over Switzerland.

Bell, who has taken a sabbatical this season from UMD to play for Canada, was credited with a goal and assist. Her goal came off a rebound, giving Canada a 10-1 lead in the third period. Former Bulldogs forward Lara Stalder picked up the lone goal for Switzerland in the third period to make it 9-1.

Bulldogs senior goaltender Emma Soderberg, who is missing the final month of the regular season to play in the Olympics, made 37 saves on 39 shots for Sweden in a 3-1 loss to Japan. She was seen still sporting her UMD pads in her Olympic debut with Sweden, which is without No. 1 goaltender Sara Grahn. The three-time Olympian who was supposed to play in her fourth Winter Games tested positive for COVID-19 just before the tournament.

Soderberg was one of four Bulldogs who made their Olympic debut Thursday in Beijing. Katerina Mrazova made her debut for Czechia against China, winning 3-1. It was the first ever Olympic contest for the Czechia women's hockey program.

Kassy Betinol and Jessica Wong made their Olympic debuts with China in the loss, with Wong assisting on China's lone goal.


Former Bulldogs goaltender Maddie Rooney finished with 10 saves on 12 shots as the United States opened with a 5-2 victory over Finland. The game originally ended with Rooney making nine saves on 10 shots in a 5-1 U.S. win, but video review after the final buzzer showed Finland scored with 2:20 to play, so the two teams replayed the final 2:20 of the game.

Co-host of the Bulldog Insider Podcast and college hockey reporter for the Duluth News Tribune and The Rink Live covering the Minnesota Duluth men's and women's hockey programs.
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