Dec. 4, 2007
PROVIDENCE, RI - The Providence College hockey team (7-4-2) erupted for five goals in the second period and cruised to an 8-0 victory over the Brown men's ice hockey team (1-6-3) in the 22nd annual Mayor's Cup battle on Tuesday evening at Schneider Arena.
The Friars wasted little time in grabbing a 1-0 lead, scoring just 1:34 into the first period, which they finished with a 15-4 advantage in shots. After junior Matt Palmer (Anchorage, AK) took a penalty for obstruction-interference just 1:21 into the game, PC used only 13 seconds of the power-play to go ahead, 1-0. Stationed on the left edge of the crease, Pierce Norton picked up a rebound and tucked it into the net, between sophomore Dan Rosen's (Syosset, NY) right leg and the near post.
The Bears had trouble finding a rhythm in the period and saw their best chance to score at the midway point when senior David Robertson (Saunderstown, RI) fired a shot from the center of the blueline that clanged off the left post with 25 seconds remaining on a power-play.
Brown opened the second period with a full two minutes remaining on a power-play after Ben Farrer went off the ice for tripping with 0.7 seconds left in the first period. However, PC increased its lead to 2-0 when Jon Rheault blocked a Chris Poli (Medfield, MA) shot and flicked the puck to Kyle MacKinnon, who scored on a short-handed breakaway just 29 seconds into the period.
The Friars dominated the period, outshooting the Bears, 20-3 during the frame, and scoring four more goals in addition to the short-handed tally to grab a 6-0 lead after 40 minutes.
MacKinnon added his second of the night, and of his career, 3:11 later to increase the Friars' lead to 3-0. PC increased its lead to 4-0 at 10:57 of the second when Mark Fayne beat Rosen five-hole with a shot from the right point. Ian O'Connor chased Rosen from the game 1:37 later, tipping a shot from Matt Taormina over Rosen's right shoulder for the 5-0 lead.
Sophomore Tristan Favro (Westfield, NJ) replaced Rosen in net following the goal, making his first collegiate appearance. He recorded two saves, before allowing a four-on-three power-play goal with 46.7 seconds left in the period as John Cavanagh lifted the puck behind him from the left edge of the crease.
After having to kill five straight penalties between 5:53 and 16:16, including one that the Friars scored on at 13:45, the Bears had two power-play chances of their own, including 1:11 of five-on-three, but couldn't find the net, despite several chances.
PC capped the scoring with 17.2 seconds left when Jon Rheault beat Favro glove-side from the top of the right face-off circle after Brown failed to clear the zone.
Rosen finished with 27 saves in 32:34, while Favro stopped 20 shots in 27:26. PC's Tyler Sims needed to make just 18 saves, 11 of which came in the third period, as the Bears were outshot, 55-18 for the game. In the midst of an eight-game road stretch and looking to snap a six-game skid (0-5-1), the Bears close out the first half of the season when they travel to Yale for their first ECAC Hockey game since facing Clarkson on November 17th.
BROWN 0 0 0 x - 0
PROVIDENCE 1 5 2 x - 8
First period - P, Norton (Wild, Taormina), PP, 1:34. Penalties - B, 3-6; P, 3-6.
Second period - P, MacKinnon (Rheault), SH, 0:29; P, MacKinnon (Ludwig), 3:41; P, Fayne (O'Connor, Rheault), 10:57; P, O'Connor (Germain, Taormina), 12:34; Cavanagh (Fayne, Wild), 4x3. Penalties - B, 3-6; P, 1-2.
Third Period - P, Wild (Taormina, Mazzolini), PP, 13:45; P, Rheault (unassisted), 19:43. Penalties - B, 6-12; P, 3-6.