PROVIDENCE, RI – Sparked by three second period goals, the Brown men's hockey team (6-6-1, 3-3-0 ECAC Hockey) erased an early 2-0 deficit, scoring five unanswered goals to earn a 5-2 win over Providence (8-8-1, 6-4-0 Hockey East) in the 26th Annual Mayor's Cup battle Sunday afternoon at PC's Schneider Arena. After dropping a pair of 4-3 decisions in 2008-09 & 2009-10, and posting a 4-4 tie last season, the win also gives the six members of Brown's Class of 2012 its first career win over Providence.
After falling behind, 2-0, on a pair of PC goals, both scored on breakaways, the Bears scored three goals in the final 7:00 of the second period to take a 3-2 lead and then added two third period goals to claim their first win in the series with Providence since the 2006-07 season. Junior Chris Zaires (Aberdeen, NJ) started the comeback with his first goal of the season at 12:47 of the second period, while Brown's top line of senior Jack Maclellan (Calgary, ALB) and freshmen Ryan Jacobson (Greenwood Village, CO) and Matt Lorito (Oakville, ONT) took over, combining for the final four goals of the game.
All told, Jacobson (2g, 1a) and Lorito (1g, 2a) both finished with three points, while Maclellan had 1-1-2 totals, scoring for the fourth contest in a row and netting his third game-winning goal in as many games. Brown's special teams were strong, going 5-5 on the penalty kill with a short-handed goal (Maclellan's game-winner) and 2-6 on the power play. Senior Mike Clemente (Great Falls, VA) was strong in net, finishing with 28 saves, 12 of which came in the final 20 minutes.
With Brown on the first power play chance of the game just 3:28 in, PC capitalized on a short-handed chance to grab a 1-0 lead at the 4:49 mark. After Brown couldn't keep the puck in the zone, Ross Mauermann collected the puck in the neutral zone and skated in with only freshman Joey de Concilys (St. Catharine's, ONT) and Clemente to beat. From the top of the right faceoff circle, Mauermann wristed a shot around de Concilys, beating Clemente stick-side low to give the Friars a 1-0 lead.
The Bears outshot Providence, 8-6, in the first period, but PC's Alex Beaudry made a couple of nice saves, including a few in the final minute of the period, to keep Brown off the board through one period.
Providence doubled its lead 7:39 into the second period when Matt Bergland capitalized on a breakaway, beating Clemente glove-side high for histhird goal of the year. The play started when sophomore Matt Wahl (Wellington, FL) lost track of a pass from freshman Massimo Lamacchia (Maple, ONT) at the blueline, springing Bergland on the rush down the ice.
The Bears got one back just over five minutes later when Zaires redirected a feed from freshman Kyle Quick (Buffalo, NY) from the top of the crease for his first of the year at 12:47. Senior Bobby Farnham (North Andover, MA) also earned an assist on the goal.
Lorito, who helped ice the UNH win on Friday with an empty net goal, tied the score at 2-2 less than five minutes later, redirecting a point shot from Wahl past Beaudry with 3:45 left in the second frame. Maclellan also earned an assist on the goal.
The Bears found themselves on the penalty kill for the third time of the period 1:08 later, but Maclellan scored a short-handed goal with 1:14 left in the period to give Brown a 3-2 lead. With Jacobson trailing the play, Maclellan sent the puck across the crease to Jacobson. The puck deflected off the skate of a PC defenseman and into the net, as the Bears took their first lead of the game.
Brown earned a pair of power play chances in the first 10 minutes of the final period and Jacobson converted on the second one to give Brown a 4-2 lead. Lorito carried the puck up the left wing and centered it for Jacobson in the slot. Jacobson one-timed the puck up and over Beaudry's glove, scoring his third goal in as many games at the 10:44 mark.
The Friars pulled Beaudry (25 saves) in favor of the extra attacker with 2:30 remaining, but took a penalty 13 seconds later to put the senior goalie back in the net and set Brown up on its fifth power play of the game. He was pulled again with 1:40 remaining and Jacobson took a pass from Lorito and skated it into the empty net to help clinch the win.
Having concluded the non-league portion of its schedule, Brown resumes ECAC Hockey play next weekend when it hosts Princeton and Quinnipiac in a pair of League games Friday and Saturday at 7:00. The games kick of a stretch of 16 League games in a row, during which time the Bears will alternate home and away weekends for eight weeks.
BROWN 0 3 2 x - 5
PROVIDENCE 1 1 x x - 2
First period – P, Mauermann (Rooney), SH, 4:49. Penalties – B, 1-2; P, 2-4.
Second period – P, Bergland (unassisted), 7:39; B, Zaires (Quick, Farham), 12:47; B, Lorito (Wahl, Maclellan), 17:15; B, Maclellan (Jacobson), SH, 18:46. Penalties – B, 4-8; P, 1-2.
Third Period – B, Jacobson (Lorito, Robertson), PP, 10:44; B, Jacobson (Lorito, Crowley), PP/EN, 18:47. Penalties – B, 1-2; P, 4-8.
B, Mike Clemente (59:57), 5-11-12-x – 28; P, Alex Beaudry (59:30), 8-10-7-x – 25.
Pictured: The Bears celebrate their win over Providence in the Annual Mayor's Cup Battle. Photo by Tom McGuire.