Although the women’s ice hockey team of Team Finland is out of medal contention in this year’s winter games, the team will still be playing in the classification games to place fifth at best. When they went up against Team Germany on Sunday, they had a good chance of heading to the fifth place classifications game, considering that Germany has only logged one win during the tournament.
Backed by two-time NCAA goaltender Noora Raty and having offensive power from Jenni Hiirikoski and Michelle Karvinen, Finland was solid in their game against Germany.
Raty stopped 21 shots and only let in one goal as her team defeated Germany in a close 2-1 game. The win allowed the team to advance to the fifth place game and allows them the chance to finish in fifth place at best in the tournament. Although getting the win was a success for the team at this point, it was also a bittersweet moment for their starting goaltender.
Raty was intent to announce after the competition was completely over that this would be her last Olympics, as she is retiring from women’s hockey. After the team’s loss to Sweden, she let it slip to Finnish reporters that she was quitting hockey. It was not the loss that has forced her to quit, but rather the fact that there is lack of a women’s professional league. Due to this, she has to quit to think of her career and her future, since unlike the men in her sport, she cannot make a living off playing the game she loves.