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Defensemen Tessa Bonhomme (Canada) and Lisa Chesson (USA), both 2008 Ohio State grads, battle for the international crown

COLUMBUS, Ohio Former Buckeyes Tessa Bonhomme with Team Canada and Lisa Chesson with Team USA will face each other with the top two teams in international women’s hockey competition battle for the gold medal in the 2009 IIHF World Women’s Championship Sunday in Hameenlinna, Finland.

The game will be streamed live online through www.UniversalSports.com free-of-change with the puck dropping at noon (EDT), which is 7 p.m. in Finland. The World Women’s Championship is second only to the Olympics on the international women’s hockey stage.

Chesson, from Plainfield, Ill., has a goal and two assists along with a plus-7 rating through four games. Bonhomme, of Sudbury, Ontario, has three assists in her four games and is plus-5.

Canada topped the United States by a score of 2-1 in a qualifying game Friday. Canada continued its unbeaten streak at 4-0, and the loss was Team USA’s first (3-1) and the first time it had allowed a goal throughout the tournament.

The United States and Canada will meet for the championship for the 12th time and have never missed a title game at the World Women’s Championship. The U.S. is the defending champion, with Ohio State head coach Jackie Barto leading the team to the crown last April in Harbin, China.

Also playing in a border battle will be former Buckeye Emma Laaksonen (2001-04) who captains Team Finland. She will lead her team in the bronze-medal game against Sweden and aiming for Finland’s third World Women’s Championship medal won on home ice (1992, 1999). Laaksonen was a member of the 1999 squad.