April 10, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five Buckeyes represented their respective countries at this year's IIHF Women's World Championships in Ottawa, Ontario. The seven-day tournament concluded with a Team Canada/Team USA showdown for gold and Team USA came away with a 3-2 win.
Former Buckeye Lisa Chesson (2005-08) skated with Team USA earned a gold medal with Team USA. The squad concluded with a 4-1 record and Chesson tallied an assist in a 4-2 preliminary victory over Finland. The only loss for the U.S. came in the first preliminary game against Canada in which they fell 3-2 in a game that needed overtime and a shootout to decide the outcome.
Former Buckeyes Tessa Bonhomme (2004-08) and Natalie Spooner (2009-12) each skated for Team Canada. The team finished the tournament with a 4-1 record with their only loss coming to Team USA in the championship game. Spooner finished the tournament with two goals, while Bonhomme recorded three assists.
Team Finland finished in fourth place after being defeated by Russia in the bronze medal game. Finland featured two former Buckeyes in that of Emma Terho (Laaksonen), who played from 2001-04, and Minttu Tuominen, who completed her eligibility in March.
The 2013 IIHF Women's World Championship brought together eight teams from around the world - United States, Canada, Finland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Czech Republic, and Germany.