PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown women's ice hockey team will play the final contest of a six-game homestand on Friday afternoon Nov. 26 at 4 p.m. in the 16th annual Mayor's Cup Game against Providence College. The "Black Friday" matchup pits the 2-4-2, 1-3-2 (ECAC) Bears against the 9-5-1, 2-2-1 (Hockey East) Friars at Meehan Auditorium, with Providence Mayor David Cicilline handing the trophy to the victor at the end of the game.
Last Friday night at Meehan Auditorium the Bears extended their home unbeaten to four games with a 1-1 overtime tie against Clarkson. It looked as the streak may end as the Golden Knights scored late in the third, but the Bears were able to tie it up with just 22 seconds left to pick up the point. The unbeaten streak was the Bears' longest since 2006-07.
With just 22.3 seconds remaining in regulation, the Bears were able to capitalize as sophomore Lauire Jolin (Lachine, Quebec) took the pass from senior Erica Kromm (Naramata, British Columbia) and freshman Vanessa Welten (Crysler, Ontatio), and went top shelf to beat the Clarkson goalie on the glove side and tie the game at one.
After four-straight home games of coming away with at least one point, the Bears fell to St. Lawrence 5-2 at Meehan Auditorium on last Saturday afternoon. Defense ruled for first period, but the Saint offense came alive in the second and continued its' scoring into the third to preserve the win.
Sophomore Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic) who missed three games after returning to her native country to train with Czech Republic National Team, returned last weekend. She made an impact in both games and scored a goal against St. Lawrence. Polenska served as the captain of the Czech Republic Olympic Developmental team over this past summer.
Through eight games this season, sophomore Erica Farrer (Calgary, Alberta) is the team's points leader with two goals and three assets for five points. Kromm leads the squad with three goals. Farrer and Welten are tied for the team lead with three assists.
The Friars own a 33-22-2 overall record against the Bears. Brown is 5-8-2 in the 15 years the Mayor's Cup has been awarded. Most recently, Brown skated to a 5-1 victory at Schnieder Arena on October 25, 2009.
Providence enters with a 9-5-1 overall record, having most recently split a home-and-home weekend with Northeastern. On Saturday, November 20, the Friars defeated the huskies, 4-1, at Schnieder Arena behind two goals by junior Kate Bacon (Tualatin, Ore.) and Amber Yung (Rockville, Va). On Sunday, November 21, PC lost at Northeastern, 5-1, giving up a hat trick to Huskie freshman Katie MacSorely in the process. Junior Ashley Cottrell (Sterling Heights, Mich.) scored the lone Friar goal, and junior Genevieve Lacasse (Scarborough, Ontario) made 40 saves. Lacasse now has stopped at least 35 shots in eight of the 15 games she has started this season.
On Tuesday, November 16, Lacasse became just the third Friar goaltender to surpass the 2000 save plateau. She enters this weekend's action with 2102 career stops. PC enters the weekend converting on 16% of its power play opportunities and is killing penalties at an 88% success rate.
Next Time on the Ice
Brown hits the road for the first time in six games when the squad travels to take on Northeastern on Sunday Nov. 28 at 2 p.m. Brown has not played a road game since its season-opening three-game away stanza against Boston College, Dartmouth and Harvard.