April 12, 2019

IIHF World Championship Check In

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ESPOO, Finland — With the 2019 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championships coming to an end this weekend we wanted to take a look at what the three current or former Buckeyes at the tournament have done.

First is Andrea Braendli, the current OSU goaltender that went to Finland to represent her native Switzerland. Braendli split time at the tournament with fellow WCHA goaltender Janie Alder, with Braendli making three starts to Adler’s two. Braendli finished the tournament with a 4.68 goals-against-average after facing some of the stiffest competition in the world. Her time in the tournament is over after as the Swiss fell to the Russian team in the quarterfinals.

Our first alumnae competing in the tournament, Minttu Tuominen, is no stranger to competing against the best players in the world. A three-time Olympian, Tuominen is once again suiting up for the Finland blueline where she’s tallied one goal so far in the tournament. Her steady play and leadership has helped her team secure a spot in the IIHF semifinal against a team, and a name, the Buckeye fans know very well.

Ohio State’s all-time leading goal scorer, Natalie Spooner, looks to lead her fellow Canadians to another win in international competition. Spooner is tied for the tournament lead with eight points from five goals and three assists. Three of Spooner’s goals game in a 5-1 win over Russia in the prelims, which gave her 50 goals in her international career.

Spooner’s Canadian team is set to clash with Tuominen’s Finland squad at 9 a.m. ET on Saturday. You can catch the game on NHL Network and TSN.