Women’s Hockey to Battle Providence in 19th Mayor’s Cup on Saturday (3 p.m.)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Mayor's Cup is on the line for the 19th time between the Brown women's hockey team (1-7-2) and the Friars of Providence College (6-10-0) when the crosstown rivals face off at Schneider Arena on Saturday at 3 p.m. The Bears maintained possession of the Cup last season with a 2-2 tie and will look to win the trophy outright for the second time in three years.
Providence will provide live streaming video of Saturday's game along with live stats for in-game statistical updates.
LAST TIME OUT
Senior Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario) scored her second goal of the night to tie the game at 3-3 with under seven minutes to go in regulation but Dayna Colang delivered the game-winner 3:45 into overtime to serve the Brown women's hockey team a 4-3 defeat at the hands of the University of Vermont at Meehan Auditorium on Tuesday.
Sophomore Ariana Rucker (Oakton, Va.) posted the lone goal of the first period to give Brown an early 1-0 lead and junior Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) picked up a pair of assists. In net, Brown senior goalie Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) made 43 saves to eclipsed the 40-save plateau for the fourth time this season.
Rucker got the Bears off to a strong start when she dumped in a rebound off a Hunter Davis (Clifton Park, N.Y.) shot from the point at 3:45 in the first period. The Catamounts broke their scoreless streak with two goals in the second period to jump ahead 2-1. UVM survived two man-down situations and Sarah Campbell struck to knot the score at 1-1 in the 12th minute on a wide-open rebound shot from the right circle. With just under two minutes to play in the period, Colang fired a shot from up top that found the back left corner of the net thanks to a well-placed screen by Victoria Andreakos. Campbell then put UVM up 3-1 early in the third on a one-timer just inside the left circle off a pass from behind the net.
Brown stormed back and Hoyle struck for two unanswered goals to force a 3-3 tie, beginning with a quick pounce on a Robson rebound that trickled into no-man's land in front of the crease at 7:42. Then, following a Brown roughing penalty, Hoyle knocked in the shorthanded equalizer. A faceoff in the defensive zone was won by the Catamounts but Hoyle stole the puck against the right boards and fired a long pass to junior Janice Yang (Westport, Conn.) streaking at mid ice. Yang dashed down the left wing, pulled back sharply and flicked a perfect pass to Hoyle, who crashed in and buried the puck to the lower left.
A penalty for each team in the final two minutes spelled four-on-four hockey until regulation expired, and a Brown slashing infraction just 16 seconds into the extra period faced the Bears with a 5-on-3 deficit. The Bears' defense buckled down and survived the disadvantage, but Colang outmaneuvered two defenders and snuck in an even-strength forehand shot to give UVM the overtime win with 1:15 left in the period.
SCOUTING THE FRIARS
The Friars snapped a seven-game losing streak with a weekend sweep of Maine, defeating the Black Bears 8-1 and 4-2. Freshman Cassidy Carels turned in a hat trick in the 8-1 victory to take the team lead with nine goals on the season, while senior Corinne Buie paces Providence in assists (12) and points (12).
Sophomore Sarah Bryant has played the bulk of the minutes and earned the start in 14 of the Friars' 16 games. Bryant owns a 6-7-0 record with a 3.14 goals against average and .880 save percentage, while sophomore Allie Morse has stopped 91.9 percent of shots in 68 minutes of backup action.
Brown takes on Providence for the 60th time in series history with the Bears holding a 23-34-3 overall record against the Friars. Head Coach Amy Bourbeau, a four-year letterwinner for the Friars and member of three ECAC championship teams at Providence, has gone unbeaten against her alma mater in two years at Brown. Bourbeau guided the Bears to a 2-1
The Bears wrap up their stretch of five non-league games with a weekend series at the University of Maine. Brown takes on the Black Bears next Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at 12 p.m.