Räty headed to Olympics

John Hageman

The No. 2 Minnesota women’s hockey team will be without  freshman goalie Noora Räty come Olympic time, as the Finland native was officially named to the national team, according to a statement released by the team.

Räty’s position was never in serious doubt, but fellow countryman and Gopher freshman Mira Jalosuo will not be joining her in Vancouver, according to Minnesota head coach Brad Frost.

"Noora was happy, but there was no surprise that she was going to make that team," Frost said. "But for Mira, it was pretty disappointing. [She] kind of had her heart set on that."

The big stage of the winter games is not something new for Räty, as she started for her native country in the 2006 games and has been a member of the Finnish National Team since the age of 15.

Räty has played exceptionally well this season, posting a .8910 goals against average and leading the nation in save percentage.

Frost added there was no definite timeline set for Räty’s departure, with the Finnish National Team opting not to centralize before the Olympic games.

Sophomore Alyssa Grogan has filled in for Räty for select games earlier in the year, and recently held Ohio State to just two goals all weekend in a sweep for her fourth and fifth wins of the season.

 

 

 

The Olympic games officially begin on Feb. 12 in Vancouver.