Providence, R.I. (November 24, 2006) - The Providence College and Brown University women's hockey teams met at Meehan Auditorium to decide the 12th annual Mayor's Cup on Friday, November 25. Brown reclaims the Mayor's Cup with a 4-2 win over the Friars behind two goals from Hayley Moore and Andrea Hunter. With the loss Providence drops to 4-6-3 on the season while Brown picks up its first win and are now 1-9-0. Brown now holds a 7-3-2 advantage in games played for the Mayor's Cup.
The Brown Bears got out to an early 1-0 lead when freshman Andrea Hunter (Fulton, N.Y.) took advantage of a collision between two Providence defenders and found the back of the net. The defenders collided at mid-ice while Hunter picked up the puck and skated the rest of the way by herself and fired it past PC goalie, Jana Bugden (Cornerbrook, N.L.). Brown took a two goal lead when a Friar defender turned the puck over behind her own net. Junior Hayley Moore (Wakefield, Mass.) stole the puck and found an opening through Bugden's pads to tally a shorthanded goal at 16:44 to give Brown a 2-0 lead. Providence would answer a minute and a half later on a 5-3 advantage. Senior Kristin Gigliotti (Sauquoit, N.Y.) fired a slap-shot from above the left circle past the defenders and the Brown goalie to cut the lead to 2-1.
Brown pushed its lead to 4-1, scoring twice in the second period. Hunter tallied her second goal of the game at 8:24 in the second off of another Providence turnover in the defensive zone. Freshmen Jenny Cedorchuk (Medfield, Mass.) and Amanda Asay (Prince George, B.C.) were credited with the assists. After a Providence goalie change to sophomore Danielle Ciarletta (Blaine, Minn.), Brown scored its fourth goal on another tally by Moore. Ciarletta kept it a three goal game making a couple of spectacular pad saves. The Friars held a 19-17 lead in shots after two periods but trailed 4-1.
Providence cut the lead to 4-2 at 9:35 in the third period taking advantage of another power play opportunity. Junior Erin Normore (Cambridge, Ont.) took a Gigliotti pass and lit the lamp as she found the back of the net. Both goalies would keep the game at 4-2 each making some magnificent saves. Sophomore Nicole Stock (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) made 21 saves in earning her first victory in five chances this season. Despite being outshot 28-23, the Brown Bears earn its first victory of the season, defeating the Friars 4-2.
Providence will be at Schneider Arena on Sunday, November 26 with a non-conference game against Niagara University. Face-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.