November 26, 2006

Bears' Claim Mayor's Cup with 2-1 Win over Providence College

Nov. 26, 2006

Box Score

PROVIDENCE, RI - Senior Brian Ihnacak (Toronto, ONT) scored his first goal of the year midway through the first period to lift the Brown men's ice hockey team (4-3-2) to a 2-1 win over cross-town rival Providence College (4-9-1) in the 21st annual battle for city bragging rights and the Mayor's Cup trophy.

After a sluggish game on Saturday against AIC, the Bears came out flying and played perhaps their best period of hockey all season, outshooting Providence 21-7 during the opening 20 minutes, while not allowing the Friars to gain any sort of edge.

It was during this time that Brown used goals by sophomore Sean Muncy (Chesterfield, MO) and Ihnacak in a span of 4:19 to build a 2-0 lead the Bears never relinquished.

Muncy, who also scored yesterday against the Yellow Jackets, got Brown on the board at 6:06 of the first. After the Bears successfully killed a penalty, junior Brian McNary (Edmonton, ALB) came off the bench behind the PC defensemen and skated in on a one-on-one with Providence goalie Tyler Sims. McNary fired a low shot on net, but the rebound bounced out to Muncy, who was crashing the net, and one-timed the puck over Sims' left shoulder and into the top of the net.

Ihnacak scored what would prove to be the game-winner at 10:25, netting his first of the year. Freshman Jeremy Russell (St. Albert, ALB) found Ihnacak along the left wing with a long pass from deep in the Brown defensive zone. Ihnacak skated in from the red line and fired a low wrist shot to the opposite corner of the net, that found its way past Sims' left leg.

Providence outshot Brown 29-14 during the final 40 minutes of action, and the Friars got one back just 2:49 into the second period, when Colin McDonald cashed in on a five-on-three advantage.

Each team had a power-play late in the game, with PC earning the final man-advantage of the afternoon. The Friars pulled Sims for a six-on-four advantage, but the Brown defense stood strong, while not allowing the tying goal.

Freshman Dan Rosen (Syosset, NY), who leads the nation with a 1.31 goals against average and a .962 save percentage, picked up his third win, stopping 35 shots. The Bears return to ECAC Hockey League action next weekend when they host St. Lawrence and Clarkson on Friday and Saturday, December 1 and 2. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. both nights.