A former local goaltending tandem has reunited in Beijing. 

In 2004, goaltenders Emerance Maschmeyer and Matt Tomkins played for Team Brick during the Brick Invitational Tournament at West Edmonton Mall. The prestigious tournament invites teams from across North America to compete and showcase their talent.

Seventeen years later, the two are both in goal for Canada's men's and women's hockey teams at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

"Em and Matt were both stopping pucks at 9-10 years old, now 17 years later, playing in the Olympics representing Canada," said Arlan Maschmeyer, Emerance's dad. 

"[It's] kind of cool, you know, it's probably never happened before." 

Maschmeyer was also the second female after Shannon Szabados to ever play in the Brick Tournament.

Olympic success

So far in the Olympics, Maschmeyer has won both of her games against Russia and Sweden. The goaltender from Bruderheim has stopped 22 shots and only allowed one goal. 

The Canadian women's team will go for the gold Wednesday at 9:10 p.m. when they play the United States.  

Tomkins, from Sherwood Park, made his first start for the men on Sunday and earned a 5-0 shutout against China. Canada also defeated China 7-2 Tuesday morning to move on to the quarterfinals, Tomkins made 27 saves during the game. 

Up next for the men is their playoff game against Sweden on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.