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Providence, R.I. - The women's ice hockey team defeated the Bears of Brown University in the 13th Annual Mayor's Cup, 5-2 on Saturday afternoon at Schneider Arena. Behind two first period power-play goals, the Friars were able to regain possession of the coveted cup. Providence improves to 3-6-2 (2-2-1 HOCKEY EAST), while Brown drops to 1-8-1 (1-5-1 ECAC).
The Friars jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one period of play. Senior Cherie Hendrickson (Boxford, Mass.) got the Friars on the board at the 6:39 mark, as she was able to score her first power-play goal of the season. The goal was assisted by Rachel Crissy (Naperville, Ill.) and Erin Normore (Cambridge, Ont.). Kathleen Smith struck next for the Friars when she blasted a shot from the point that beat Brown goalie Nicole Stock high to the stick side. Smith's goal came off of a face-off win at 12:31, and was assisted by Brittany Simpson (Barrie, Ont.) and Mari Pehkonen (Tampere, Finland).
Senior Danielle Tangredi (London, Ont.) gave the Friars a 3-0 lead just 1:52 into the second as she snapped a wrist shot up high past Stock from the slot. Stephanie Morris was credited with an assist on the play. At 11:39 of the second Brown University got on the board as Nicole Brown scored off of assists from Maggie Suprey and Erin Connors. Less than two minutes later Katy Beach (Cleveland, Ohio) regained a three goal advantage for the Friars, as she took an Amber Yung (Rockville, Va.) pass and beat Stock for her second goal of the season. After two periods of play, Providence held a 4-1 lead.
Brown threatened in the third, as Jenny Cedorchuck scored a power-play goal just 21 seconds into the period for the Bears. But through some fine defending along with the goaltending of Danielle Ciarletta (Blaine, Minn.), who made ten saves in the period, the Friars were able to keep the lead. With 55 seconds to play, Alyse Ruff (Taulatin, Ore.) took a pass from Jackie Duncan (Hudson, Que.) in the high slot and rang a wrist shot off the far post to seal the Mayor's Cup win for the Friars.
In net Ciarletta finished with 27 saves to earn the win, while Stock made 43 saves for the Bears.
The Friars return to action tomorrow, November 25 when they play the Colonials of Robert Morris University. The game will begin at 2:00 p.m. at Schneider Arena on the campus of Providence College.