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Also Katie Burt, Victoria Bach, Caroline Ouellette and Meaghan Mikkelson made a mark this week.

Alevtina Shtaryova (L) and Nina Pirogova after their All-Star Game against Team East, held by the Russian Women’s Hockey League to open the 2018 Week of Hockey Stars in Astana.
Alvetina Shtaryova (or Shtareva) and Nina Pirogova will be two of the players on the Olympic Athletes from Russia hockey team.
Photo by Sergei Bobylev\TASS via Getty Images

Story of the week

Okay so you caught us, we’re out of story. We’re trying to prep for the Olympics, the big story this week continues to be the unified Korean team that we covered last week and, just to add some extra pressure, we’re going to be on the Back to Excited podcast this weekend to talk about the Olympics, which means we need our prep done a week early!

In the meantime, here are some profiles of women you’ll see in PyeongChang that you might not have heard as much about.

Alevtina Shtarëva - A Russian's Journey to PyeongChang
Russia's Alevtina Shtarëva will be playing in her first Winter Olympics. It just so happens that her 21st birthday is the same day that the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games officially get underway. What a great way to celebrate!

Rebecca Johnston - a Canadian's Journey to Pyeongchang
The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics are right around the corner. THW had the wonderful opportunity to speak with Team Canada's veteran scorer Rebecca Johnston, who will be partaking in her third Olympic Games.

Meet the local Olympian: Kali Flanagan, U.S. women's hockey
Kali Flanagan, who has ties to Hudson, New Hampshire, is on her way to the Olympics to represent Team USA!

Jillian Saulnier's Olympic journey started at a backyard rink in Nova Scotia - Nova Scotia - CBC News
Jillian Saulnier of Halifax showed talent on the ice from the beginning. Now she's off to the 2018 Olympics as a member of the Canadian women's hockey team.

Road to the Olympics: Hockey Standout Has Deep New England Roots - NECN
Amanda Pelkey's skills on the ice have taken her from Vermont to Boston to Team USA.

Caroline Park '11 Named to Unified Korean Olympic Women's Hockey Team - Princeton Athletics
Former Princeton women’s hockey player Caroline Park ‘11 has been named to the unified Korean hockey team for the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang.

WHKY: Manitoba's Hovi headed to Pyeongchang Olympics - Canada West Universities Athletic Association
Bison Venla Hovi has been named to her third consecutive Olympic women’s hockey team for Finland and will compete at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea from February 9-25.

Sarah Nurse about to fulfil dream of donning red, white at Winter Olympics | HamiltonNews.com
Sarah Nurse is only days away from fulfilling a dream she’s had since the age of seven.

A Canadian hockey brat drives the women's game in Korea
As the daughter of a former NHL coach and a two-time U.S. collegiate champion in her own right, Sarah Murray knows a thing or two about ice hockey and its culture.

International

Bold moves - Olympic - International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF
How do major roster cuts affect Olympic results?

Olympic Doings | CONWAY'S RUSSIAN HOCKEY BLOG
As I am sure you have already heard, Russian athletes will compete officially as “Olympic Athletes from Russia,” the country’s flag and anthem will be absent, and so on and so forth. And there have been some added steps, and added intrigue, involved in selecting the country’s two hockey teams as well. Read on!

Olympians (Updated) | CONWAY'S RUSSIAN HOCKEY BLOG
Ok, we have the men's and women's Russian Olympic rosters named

Team Finland Women’s Roster & Preview for Winter Olympics
Finland arguably has the best female goaltender in the world, and they'll be bringing her to PyeongChang. Unfortunately, that will not be enough if they want to bring home a medal.

Unified Korean Team - Olympic - International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF
The 35-player roster for the unified Korean women’s ice hockey team at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games has been named.

Korean ice hockey players meet to prepare for historic joint Pyeongchang 2018 team
North Korean ice hockey players and officials crossed the border and met their counterparts from South Korea as the two countries prepare to compete in a joint women's team at next month's Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.

Korean women's ice hockey team train together for first time before Pyeongchang 2018
The joint Korean women's ice hockey team put together for next month's Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang held their first practice today.

Two Koreas' Olympic ice hockey team faces unexpected challenge: language | The Japan Times
The unified Korean women's ice hockey team faced an unexpected challenge at their first joint training session, reports said Monday — vastly different hockey terminology on either side of the divided peninsula.

Kingston referee has an eye on the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing - Kingston | Globalnews.ca
A Kingston referee has a goal of officiating in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

New Canadian stamp commemorates Dinos women's hockey coach Danielle Goyette | University of Calgary
It has been quite the week for University of Calgary Dinos women’s hockey coach Danielle Goyette.

CWHL

Les Canadiennes vs. Vanke recap: Montreal’s dominant start leads the way in Ouellette’s return - Eyes On The Prize
Caroline Ouellette returns to the lineup, Les Canadiennes run away with huge win.

Les Canadiennes, Sarah Lefort too strong for Vanke in lopsided win - Eyes On The Prize
Lefort scores five as Montreal beats Vanke for the second straight day

CWHL Recap: Toronto Furies extinguish Calgary Inferno 3-2 - Pension Plan Puppets
Amanda Makela makes it two in a row, helped out by a three point night from Jenna Dingeldein.

CWHL Recap: Furies sweep the Inferno 5-2 - Pension Plan Puppets
It’s officially a streak as the Furies win live on national television.

Caroline Ouellette Returns to Canadiennes Lineup After Ten-Month Absence | Sports – The Link
You could sense the added buzz in the building.

Inferno Spotlight: Brittany Esposito - Matchsticks and Gasoline
A Closer Look At Calgary’s Leading Scorer

Inferno Spotlight: Delayne Brian - Matchsticks and Gasoline
The Inferno Netminder Returns From Injury And M&G Caught Up With Her

Alex Carpenter's Playing for the Joy of It
Alex Carpenter didn't expect she'd be spending the last weekend of January, 2018 in Boston. No one did. When she flies halfway around the world this week, it'll be towards Shenzhen, China with Kunlun Red Star, instead of Pyeongchang, South Korea with Team USA. But she's determined to make the most of it.

Kelli Stack can’t be stopped - The Ice Garden
Being snubbed by USA Hockey hasn’t stopped Stack from piling up goals this season in the CWHL.

NWHL

NWHL Weekend Wrap
The NWHL's Metropolitan Riveters and Buffalo Beauts extended their winning streaks. On the flip side, the Connecticut Whale and Boston Pride extended their losing streaks.

NWHL announces 2018 Isobel Cup Format - The Ice Garden
NWHL teams will compete for the Isobel Cup at the rinks of the highest seed.

Frozen Moments: Riveters at Pride - 1/20 - The Ice Garden
Al Saniuk’s best shots from the Riveters vs Pride game last Saturday.

Frozen Moments: Whale at Beauts - 1/20 - The Ice Garden
Pat McCarthy’s best shots from the Whale v Beauts game last Saturday.

NWHL: Paige Harrington Happy at Home with the Boston Pride
Paige Harrington: “I like being home, playing in my home city and this is a great group of girls on the Pride. I work full time and I’ve been able to make it work. Living in the city, my family gets to come to all of our home games - it’s a good vibe for me.”

Erika Lawler is making a difference with the Riveters after four years away from hockey - The Ice Garden
Lawler is back on the ice and playing a key role with the undefeated Metropolitan Riveters.

NCAA

Polls: USCHO | USA Today | The Ice Garden

Victoria Bach is the New BU All-Time Points Leader - The Ice Garden
VB12 tallied her 184th career point on Saturday.

Saint Anselm Could Affect The NCAA Women’s Hockey Tournament Field Whether They’re Selected Or Not - BC Interruption
And USCHO’s Pairwise Rankings appear to be wrong again

GOAL BY GOAL: BC Women’s Hockey Clinches Hockey East Regular Season Title With 3-2 Win Over Providence - BC Interruption
And Katie Burt sets a major NCAA record

Women's hockey | New coach gets Ohio State turned around quickly
Nadine Muzerall had never been on the ice with her Ohio State women’s hockey players before she coached her first OSU game.

Women's Hockey: Wisconsin sweeps weekend series against St. Cloud State · The Badger Herald
In a weekend double-header in Madison, the No. 1 University of Wisconsin Women’s Hockey Team showed two sell-out crowds at LaBahn Arena why they are the top team in the nation.

'Dominant' Brittany Howard's work fuels Robert Morris women's hockey | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Ann Howard has been going through some old memorabilia in preparation for her daughter Brittany’s senior day. The old newspaper clippings remind of her of ...

Clarkson women's hockey takes control of ECAC Hockey with win at Colgate | NorthCountryNow
The hottest team in NCAA Women's Hockey continue its surge as Clarkson University skated to a decisive 5-3 victory over Colgate in a showdown for first place in the ECAC Hockey standings on Saturday afternoon in Hamilton, NY.

BC Women's Hockey is Most Prolific Team in NCAA Hockey - The Heights
Headlined by Daryl Watts and Caitrin Lonergan, BC women's hockey's star-studded cast is the most prolific in the sport, opines sports editor Andy Backstrom.

Women's hockey | New coach gets Ohio State turned around quickly
Nadine Muzerall had never been on the ice with her Ohio State women’s hockey players before she coached her first OSU game.

Women's Hockey: Wisconsin sweeps weekend series against St. Cloud State · The Badger Herald
In a weekend double-header in Madison, the No. 1 University of Wisconsin Women’s Hockey Team showed two sell-out crowds at LaBahn Arena why they are the top team in the nation.

Five Minutes with Amy Potomak :: University of Minnesota :: Official Athletic Site
The Official Athletic Site of the University of Minnesota - Get to know freshman Amy Potomak, who joined the team for the spring semester after beginning the year centralized with Hockey Canada.

U Sports

TOP 10 TUESDAY — U SPORTS
Saskatchewan gets another vote! UBC and Guelph slip down.

Entre le rêve et la réalité - La Presse+
Les meilleures hockeyeuses québécoises peuvent maintenant évoluer dans des ligues de haut niveau, au cégep ou à l’université, sans avoir à s’exiler aux États-Unis.

The Gauntlet / Dinos women’s hockey team kick off Crowchild Classic with shutout win
The game showcased the Dinos’ resilience and work ethic as they broke their recent streak of scoreless games by shutting out the Mount Royal University Cougars 1–0.

Concordia 4, Carleton 1: Women’s Hockey Team Dominates Carleton – The Link
The second place Concordia Stingers took on the last place Carleton Ravens in a special “Minor Hockey Day” at the Ed Meagher Arena, Sunday afternoon.

European league hockey

SDHL (Sweden) Meaghan Mikkelson signs with SDHL club Luleå HF - The Ice Garden
Defender will finish out the season in Sweden instead of returning to her CWHL club.

EIHL (England) Meet The "Coventry Wall": Great Britain's Maisie Gilbert
Maisie Gilbert is an exciting up and coming netminder. Great Britain's "Coventry Wall" between the pipes, not only has Gilbert represented her country internationally but she plays in England's women's league with the Sheffield Shadows.

SWHL (Switzerland) ZSC Lions win the 2017-18 Swiss Women's Hockey Cup - swisshockeynews.ch
Thanks to a 3-2 overtime victory against EV Bomo Thun, the ZSC Lions have won their second Swiss Women's Hockey Cup (SWHC) since its relaunch with a new formula three years ago.