The Latest: Women's hockey team to play 3 NKorean forwards

The Latest: Women's hockey team to play 3 NKorean forwards
Spectators line up outside for the preliminary round of the women's hockey game between Switzerland and the combined Koreas at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
The Latest: Women's hockey team to play 3 NKorean forwards
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, 2nd right, and his wife Elke Buedenbender, 2nd left, pose for the media as they meet German women's luge athletes Natalie Geisenberger, left, Tatjana Huefner, center, and Dajana Eitberger, right, at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):

9:05 p.m.

Coach Sarah Murray is playing three North Korean forwards as required in the deal creating the first combined Korean team in Olympic history.

The women's hockey coach faced some tough decisions after negotiations led to 12 North Korean players being added to her roster on Jan. 25. She had to scratch three of her South Korean players for Saturday's game against Switzerland at the Kwandong Hockey Center.

The North Korean forwards are Kim Un Hyang, Jong Su Hyon and Hwang Chung Gum.

Neither country has played women's ice hockey in the Olympics before. South Korea only received a berth as a host country.

Fans cheered as the Koreans took the ice for pregame warmups.

But the cheers might have been louder if not for a backup outside the arena getting fans through the gates.

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