Dec. 3, 2005
PROVIDENCE, RI - Providence College (8-6-1) avenged last season's 5-1 loss to Brown (2-7-1) with a 5-1 victory over the Bears in the 20th annual battle for the Mayor's Cup. The Bears scored the first goal of the game, but the Friars stormed back with five unanswered goals to earn the win.
Brown wasted little time in taking a 1-0 lead when senior Pete LeCain (Bridgewater, NS) scored his first goal of the year at 3:17 of the first. Sophomore Brian McNary (Edmonton, ALB) collected the puck from junior Sean Dersch (Edmonton, ALB) and skate into the zone along the left wing. McNary found a streaking LeCain all alone in the slot, and LeCain he beat Tyler Sims glove-side for his second career goal.
However, the Friars knotted the contest at 1-1 with 4:35 to go in the period when Torry Gajda beat sophomore Adam D'Alba (Glencoe, IL) with a wrap-around goal on a Providence College power-play. Less than at minute later, at 16:14, Colin McDonald broke the tie when he knocked in the rebound of a shot from Matt Bastarache.
Brown controlled the play during the early part of the second period, but the Friars broke out of their zone and took a 3-1 lead on their first shot of the period just 1:50 in. Following the goal, senior Kevin Kliman (Toronto, ONT) replaced D'Alba in net.
Kliman faced nine shots in his first 5:14 of action, but the Friars got past him with their 10th against Kliman at 7:04 of the second to take a 4-1 lead.
Brown took two penalties less than two minutes into the third, including a 5:00 major on sophomore Sean Hurley (Rutland, VT), and the Friars tallied a five-on-three power-play goal at 3:53 to increase their lead to 5-1.
D'Alba finished with 12 saves in 21:50, while Kliman recorded a career-high 31 saves in his first appearance of the season. The Bears conclude the first half of the schedule on Wednesday night when they travel to Portland, ME to face the Maine Black Bears in a 7:00 p.m. contest.
BROWN 1 0 0 x - 1
PROVIDENCE 2 2 1 x - 5
First period - B, Pete LeCain (Brian McNary, Sean Dersch), 3:17; P, Torry Gajda (Jon Rheault, Matt Taormina), PPG, 15:25; P, Colin McDonald (Marc Bastarache), 16:14. Penalties -B, 2-4; P, 1-2.
Second period - P, Tony Zancanaro (Cody Wild, Colin McDonald), 1:50; P, Nick Mazzolini (Nate Meyers, Jon Rheault), 7:04. Penalties -B, 1-2; P, 3-17.
Third period - P, Colin McDonald (Jamie Carroll, Brad Cooper), 5x3, 3:53. Penalties - B, 4-19; P, 0-0.