Other team news: Tessa Bonhomme opens season with National Team; Laura McIntosh in Canada Games with Team Ontario softball

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Natalie Spooner, a rising sophomore on the Ohio State women’s hockey team, earned a place on Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team for the second time in as many years, Hockey Canada announced Saturday.

The forward from Scarborough, Ontario, recently completed the U-22 Selection Camp in Calgary, scoring three goals with Team White in games against Team Red and the Swedish U-22 Team.

Spooner is among 12 returning players on the 22-person roster for the U-22 squad. The team will play in a three-game series against Canada’s National Women’s Team in Calgary this week.

Participating players also will be eligible to represent Canada at the 2010 MLP Cup. Spooner was a member of the silver medal-winning team at the MLP Cup, an international tournament held in Germany, in January.

Spooner made an immediate impact with the Buckeyes in her freshman season. Her 21 goals led the team and were the second-most ever scored by an OSU rookie. Spooner finished third in scoring on the team with 30 points and was named the team’s co-Offensive MVP. She also collected a Buckeye-record four rookie of the week awards from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

In other Buckeye news:

  • Former Buckeye All-American Tessa Bonhomme opened the Canadian National Women’s Team season with an assist on a third-period power play goal in a 7-2 win vs. Sweden in Calgary. She is in the Canada’s Centralization Program in preparation for the 2010 Olympic Games.
  • Sophomore-to-be Laura McIntosh is off the ice and playing softball with Team Ontario this week at the Canada Games in Prince Edward Island. Two games into the event, the squad has won twice and has outscored opponents 20-0.