February 26, 2010

Brown Alum Becky Kellar '97 Wins Gold in Vancouver

Becky Kellar '97 and the Canadian women's hockey team wrapped up one of the most dominant stretches in Olympic history on Thursday evening, beating the United States 2-0 to clinch the gold medal, the third of Kellar's illustrious career.  In the five-game run to the gold, the Canadians gave up just two goals, outscoring their opponents by a total of 48-2, and facing a serious challenge only from the United States.

Kellar, the oldest player on the ice in the gold medal game, did more than her part to contribute to the victory, turning in five-game totals of four assists and a +14 rating, and helping lead the stifling Canadian defense.  Additionally, she recorded a total of five shots on goal, keeping constant pressure on wilting opposing goalies.

With Kellar leading the way, Canada notched three shutouts in its five games against the best competition from around the world, including back-to-back whitewashes in the semifinal and gold medal games.  In the other two games, against Switzerland and Sweden, the Canadians allowed just one goal apiece, after the game was already well in hand.

The 2010 medal is the third gold for Kellar, and the fourth overall.  She has been a part of three consecutive Olympic Champion squads, and also played for the 1998 silver medalist Canadian team, which was knocked off by the United States.

A complete recap of the gold medal game can be found below:

Canada Beats United States 2-0 to Win Gold