PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – The Brown women's hockey team (1-7-0, 1-5-0 ECAC) will take to the ice at Meehan Auditorium tomorrow for the 18th annual Mayor's Cup game against their cross-town rival, the Providence College Friars (7-5-3, 5-2-2 Hockey East). While Providence leads the overall series between the two teams, 32-23-2, Brown has won nine of the 17 battles for bragging rights in Rhode Island, beginning with the inaugural contest held during the 1995-1996 season. Head Coach Amy Bourbeau, in her second year behind the Bears' bench, led the team to a 2-1 victory over her alma mater last November, with Janice Yang '15 and Brittany Moorehead '15 each tallying a goal for Brown. The team will look for a repeat performance tomorrow, as the Bears strive for their second win in the young season.
The puck will drop between these storied rivals at 7:00pm on Friday. Brown fans who can't make the trip to College Hill and would like to follow the action from home can do so with live stats or video, both of which can be accessed through the women's ice hockey schedule page on brownbears.com.
A Look at the Bears: In the first of five consecutive non-conference games, the Bears were defeated twice by the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers last weekend, falling 2-0 on Friday and 2-1 on Saturday. Brown has faced a challenging line-up of opponents in the early part of the season, battling #2 Cornell, #3 Clarkson and #6 Harvard in tightly fought contests. The Bears are beginning to find their offensive groove however, taking more shots on goal and finding opportunities on the power play, and will look to implement these skills against the Friars. Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) leads the team in goals and points, finding the back of the net on three occasions, while three players have added two points thus far. Co-captains Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic) and Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Montreal) have each had a goal and an assist, while sophomore Lauren Vella (Staten Island, NY) has added two assists. Senior Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) and junior Aubree Moore (Bowie, MD) have each played four strong games in net for the Bears, combining for 221 saves. Moore is currently ranked fifth in save percentage (.939) and sixth in GAA (1.53) in the ECAC, while Jamieson ranks sixth in save percentage (.934) and eighth in GAA (2.25).
Brown vs. Providence
Series record: 32-23-2, Providence
Current streak: Brown, one win
First meeting: 11/16/76 (Brown, 8-0)
Last Brown win: 11/25/11 (2-1)
Last Providence win: 11/26/10 (3-2)
Last tie: 11/27/02 (4-4)
Coach Bourbeau vs. Providence: 1-0-0
A Look at the Friars: The Friars take the ten-minute trip to Meehan on the heels of a loss and tie last weekend, falling 7-1 to #7 Boston University on Friday before skating to a 2-2 tie with Vermont on Sunday. Currently standing in first place in Hockey East, Providence is embarking upon an ECAC weekend, as they will face Union College at Schneider Arena on Saturday. Nicole Anderson leads the team in all offensive categories, tallying eight goals and six assists for 14 points on the season. Jessica Vella has added 12 points (7g, 5a) while Haley Frade (5g, 5a) and Corinne Buie (4g, 6a) have both contributed ten. Thirteen Friars have scored at least one goal in this season's campaign. Three different goaltenders have seen action between the pipes, with Sarah Bryant starting in ten of Providence's 14 games. Bryant has made 190 saves for a GAA of 3.13 and a .872 save percentage, while Nina Riley, playing in four games, has made 102 saves for a GAA of 2.89 and a .911 save percentage.
Looking Ahead: The Bears will play four more games on the road to conclude the fall semester, beginning with a trip to Montreal, Canada next weekend. Brown will face the University of Montreal at 7:30pm on Friday, November 30th before heading to McGill for a 3:00pm game on December 1st.