Jan. 24, 2003
Men's ice hockey coach, Roger Grillo will be interviewed on Monday, January 27th on Cox's Sports Page Live, along with Providence coach Paul Pooley and Shalise Young of the Providence Journal. The show airs from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on Cox 3 and will preview the 17th annual Mayor's Cup Hockey Game between the Bears and the Friars, which will be held Tuesday, January 28th, at 7:00 p.m. in Brown's Meehan Auditorium. Viewers can call 401-383-COX3 to ask both Grillo and Pooley questions.
The two teams will be competing for city bragging rights, while the Bears will be looking for their sixth victory in the Mayor's Cup rivalry in eight years. Providence won the cup last season, defeating Brown, 4-3, in overtime at Schneider Arena. With the victory, the Friars hold a 9-6-1 series edge in the Mayor's Cup battle. Prior to the loss, Brown had won two straight cups and five of the previous six.
The men's version of the annual tilt became known as the Mayor's Cup on March 1, 1986. The first game was played at Schneider Arena and ended in a 5-3 PC victory. The 1987 matchup was canceled when the Brown Zamboni stalled out between periods and melted a hole in the ice.
The Bears currently have a 9-6-2 record heading into Saturday's contest at Merrimack. Providence is currently 11-10-1 entering a weekend series with Boston College.
The Brown-Providence Series
This season marks the 82nd meeting in the rivalry between Rhode Island's only Division I hockey teams. On March 27, 1927, Brown defeated Providence, 3-1, at the Rhode Island Auditorium in the first meeting between the two schools. While Providence leads the Mayor's Cup series, Brown holds onto the all-time series by a very slight, 41-39-1 margin.