CALGARY, Alberta – Buckeyes Emma Maltais and Natalie Spooner helped Hockey Canada defeat the United States in overtime to win gold at the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championships on Tuesday night. The win marked Canada’s 11th gold medal at the World Championships while Spooner picked up her second gold and Maltais earned her first at the tournament.
Despite facing a two-goal deficit at the end of the first period, Canada added two of its own to tie the game at two a piece headed into the third period. After the final 20 minutes, the game went to overtime where Hockey Canada scored the golden goal 7:22 into the first overtime period.
Spooner recorded nine points for Canada on four goals and five assists in the tournament to help the team advance to the gold medal match. She hit a historic milestone her international career, recording her 100th career point during the Aug. 26 preliminary game against the United States. Maltais took the ice in five games of the tournament and netted her first international goal with the national team in the Aug. 18 pre-tournament game against Finland.
Jincy Dunne, who skated in the tournament with USA Hockey, earned a silver medal in her first world championship appearance. She added two assists for the United States in the tournament to help the team to the gold medal game.
Playing in Tuesday’s bronze medal match, current Buckeye goaltender Andrea Braendli and alumna Minttu Tuominen faced off for Switzerland and Finland, respectively. In the end, Tuominen and Finland took home the bronze medal. Despite the loss, Braendli put on an incredible performance throughout the tournament, recording 181 saves through seven games, the most among goaltenders in the tournament.