The final was 8-0, though it hardly mattered. Otto Warmbier was arrested in North Korea and died previous year after returning to the U.S.
Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon will host lunch Sunday for a high-level North Korean delegation, including the sister of leader Kim Jong-un and the country's ceremonial head of state, officials said.
The dignitaries walked to the Korean bench, taking turns talking to players still standing on the ice.
The North Koreans - Kim Yong Nam and Kim Yo jong - were also in the box, seated in a row behind Pence.
The women arrived in South Korea in charter buses on Wednesday.
After a chaotic year of nuclear war threats and nuclear and missile tests from the North, the opening ceremony proved to be an evening of striking visual moments. She met with the South's president, Moon Jae-in, on Saturday.
The North Koreans have invited Moon to visit Pyongyang in what would be the third inter-Korean summit talks since their 1945 division.
Fans roared every time a Korean got the puck on her stick, and Han Soojin almost put the team on the board with a shot from the left circle that hit the crossbar early in the first period.
"My dad served in combat in Korea and he really didn't talk about it very much, like most combat veterans, but I know that it was a defining time in his life", Pence told reporters aboard Air Force Two.More news: PM Modi, Jordan's King Abdullah II agree to boost bilateral ties
Its agents blew up a South Korean airliner ahead of the 1988 Seoul Olympics in an attempt to dissuade visitors; then it boycotted its rival's Olympic debut on the world stage. Alina Muller had a hat trick for Switzerland by the end of the first period and added a fourth early in the second. She also repeated the invitation directly to Moon to visit at a time convenient to him, he said.
"Obviously, it is tough to lose. I think in the first period we were nervous and it was hard to come back from that". "But we'll make up for that weak point for the next game".
Hundreds of spectators lined the streets outside Kwandong Hockey Center before the game, chanting and waving small "unification flags" amid gusting, chilly winds. One man held up a sign that read, "The peace of all mankind".
Moon is eager to use Kim Yo Jong's presence at the Games to restore regular communication with North Korea and eventually pull it into nuclear talks.
Local media in South Korea initially reported that the technical disruptions were caused by some sort of cyberattack, but Olympic Games spokesman Sung Baik-you said there is no such evidence of such activity, at least not yet.
A massive military parade in Pyongyang on the eve of the just-opened Pyeongchang Olympics has been used as Exhibit A by skeptics. Two athletes from the joint Koreas women's hockey team climbed stairs to the cauldron with the Olympic torch. It was the rivals' first joint Olympic march since 2007. "That shows it's all a political stunt, and I feel bad for the South Korean players".
The Winter Olympics still managed to dominate Friday's ratings although fans could read about the PyeongChang Opening Ceremony for hours before NBC shared the footage. "See, they are happy to see a unified Korea too", he said.
Tensions between the United States and North Korea have risen sharply over the a year ago, as Kim Jong Un has made rapid progress in his nuclear weapons program and has made clear the program is being developed with the American threat in mind. Moon, a dove who wants to resolve the nuclear standoff diplomatically and peacefully, quickly responded to Kim's outreach by offering talks.
"The girls have been great, they fit in well with our team, " said Marissa Brandt, who was adopted as an infant out of South Korea and whose sister plays on the USA team.