Ottawa, Canada (NNCNOW.com) --- There are University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) women's hockey connections to every medal at this year's International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) women's world championships, with the medal round games being played on Tuesday night in Ottawa, Canada.
Former Bulldogs assistant coach Julie Chu won the gold medal with the United States, with the Americans earning a 3-2 win over Canada and former UMD players Caroline Ouellette, Haley Irwin, and Jocelyne Larocque.
Ouelette was the only UMD connection to get on the scoresheet in the gold medal game, finishing with a goal and an assist in the contest.
In the bronze medal game, current UMD player Aleksandra Vafina and former Bulldog Iya Gavrilova helped Russia to a 2-0 win over Finland, with current UMD player Tea Villila part of that Finnish squad.
Vafina scored an empty-net goal in the waning seconds to ice the game for Russia, marking that country's first medal at this tournament in 12 years.