COLUMBUS, Ohio –A trio of Buckeyes earned medals at the conclusion of the 2011 IIHF World Women’s Championships Monday held in Switzerland. Rising senior Natalie Spooner and former Buckeye Tessa Bonhomme with Team Canada took the silver, while rising junior Minttu Tuominen with Team Finland earned the bronze.
The United States won its third-straight women’s world hockey championship as the team topped Canada 3-2 in overtime. The meeting was the 13th time the two teams have faced off in the championship game. Team Finland secured the bronze with a 3-2 overtime victory over Russia.
Spooner, of Scarborough, Ontario, finished the tournament with one goal and two assists with a plus-3 rating in five games for Team Canada. Her lone goal of the tournament was an unassisted score in the 7-0 win over Kazakhstan during the preliminary rounds. Bonhomme had one goal and three assists, all coming in the 12-0 win over Switzerland, for Team Canada and was plus-3.
Tuominen, an Espoo, Finland, product, scored two goals for Team Finland with both coming in regulation of the bronze medal game against Russia. She also finished with two assists and a plus-2 rating at the conclusion of the tournament.
Rising freshman Annie Svedin also competed in the international competition, skating for fifth-place finishing Team Sweden. The Soraker, Sweden, native finished with a plus-1 rating in five games.