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Dec. 29, 2016

2017 Nations Cup Schedule
Hockey Canada Game Notes

Columbus, Ohio— Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall will be an assistant coach for Canada’s U22 National Team at the 2017 Nations Cup. The tournament will run from January 4-7 and competition will be split between Telfs, Austria and Fussen, Germany.

The tournament features two groups of four teams. Muzerall and Team Canada are in Group A along with the Czech Republic, Germany, and Sweden. Group B is comprised of Austria, Finland, Russia, and Switzerland. The schedule begins with an exhibition game featuring Canada and Germany on Jan. 2 before true competition begins on Jan. 4

Muzerall is no stranger to a Hockey Canada coaching staff. Earlier this year she was an assistant coach for a three-game series against the United States that took place in Calgary (during which Canada took two of the three games), and she has served as a camp coach at Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team selection camp. Back in July she was named to the coaching staff for Canada’s National Women’s Development Team.

In her first season at Ohio State Muzerall has led the Buckeyes to a record of 8-10-2 so far. They’ll return to action on Jan. 6-7 with a non-conference series at Penn State before returning home to face Bemidji State on Jan. 13-14

In addition to Muzerall, former Buckeye standout Natalie Spooner had the honor of representing her country during the annual December series between Canada and the United States. The Scarborough, Ontario native helped the Canadians win both games in the series, taking game one by a score of 5-3 and winning game two in overtime 3-2.

Wraparound goal gives @HC_Women a 4-3 lead! #WCS2016 pic.twitter.com/KbWeXy5uBB

— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) December 17, 2016

Spooner scored the game-winner in the 5-3 victory, a game during which the Canadians trailed 3-1 at one point. Her wraparound goal completed the comeback before a goal in the final minute by teammate Rebecca Johnson put the icing on the cake. Game two was another thriller; the U.S. led 2-1 in the game’s waning moments before Canada scored with just 24 seconds left in regulation to send it into overtime. Spooner assisted on the game-tying goal.