ESPOO, Finland — After one of the best seasons for a goaltender in program history, Andrea Braendli is throwing on a different sweater as she suits up for her native Switzerland in the International Ice Hockey Federation 2019 Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship, taking place Espoo, Finland.
Braendli got the starting nod on Thursday as the Swiss team opened competition against Canada, giving the freshman goaltender a chance to face off with one of the best players to wear the scarlet and gray, Natalie Spooner.
In her first season with the Buckeyes the Swiss goalie made an immediate impact, starting in 28 games. Not content with just playing, Braendli notched the second-highest single season save percentage for any OSU goaltender in program history with a .939 save percentage. Her 1.88 goals-against-average is tied for third in the single season records, and her 16 wins is the fifth best total for any Buckeye goalie in a season. Braendli finished the season with six shutouts, tied for the third-highest season total, and tied for fifth place overall in team history.
The tournament got underway today and runs through April 14.