Ohio State women’s hockey representatives win all three medals Thursday

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four Buckeyes claimed all three medals Thursday in women’s hockey at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. Tessa Bonhomme and Team Canada defeated the United States, which included Buckeye Lisa Chesson, by a score of 2-0 in the gold medal game.

Bonhomme and Chesson were defensemen together for Ohio State, including captain and assistant captain, respectively, their senior season in 2007-08. That year, Bonhomme became OSU’s first WCHA Player and Defensive Player of the Year awardwinner as well as the program’s first First Team All-America selection while Chesson picked up her third All-WCHA honor.

(Read more about Bonhomme and Chesson’s friendship and rivalry)

It took overtime for the other two Buckeyes in the Olympic Games to seal their medals, but Finland came out on top, 3-2, over archrival Sweden for the bronze. Finnish captain Emma Laaksonen, who played for Ohio State from 2001-04, claimed her second bronze medal while playing in her fourth Olympic Games. She entered Ohio State’s Athletics Hall of Fame last September and her No. 3 was retired by the program October 2008. Minttu Tuominen, a forward in her freshman season with the Buckeyes, also was on the team.

(Watch an video feature about Minttu and Ohio State women’s hockey alums in the 2010 Olympics)

In a quick turnaround, Tuominen travels to Madison, Wis., to join her other teammates this weekend as the Buckeyes face the Badgers in the WCHA First Round Playoffs.