PROVIDENCE, R.I. – For the second time in three games, a goal with under a minute left to play made this difference, but this time it did no go in favor of the Bears (2-5-2, 1-3-2 ECAC Hockey). The Friars (10-5-1, 2-2-1 Hockey East) got the go-ahead goal with just 59 seconds left to put PC up 3-2 and take the 16th annual Mayor's Cup game.
The two teams came out strong in the first period, as each defense stood up for much of the frame. With just four minutes remaining in the period, junior Paige Pyett (Milestone, Saskatchewan) took control of the puck and found senior Erica Kromm in transition. Kromm was able to get a head of the defense and passed to sophomore Lauire Jolin (Lachine, Quebec) who beat the PC goalie and gave the Bears the 1-0 lead.
The Friars answered 5:19 into the second period when Jen Friedman blasted a slapshot through a screen in front of the Brown net and ripped it into the back of the net to tie the game at one.
Four minutes later, PC took the lead. Abby Gauthier skated out from behind the Brown net and attempted a centering pass. The puck It remained loose, however, until junior Kate Bacon poked it in for her team-leading 12th goal of the year.
It did not take the Bears long to answer as just 39 seconds later, at the 10:11 Jolin doubled-up and tied the game by turning on a loose puck in the slot while falling down.
The game-winner was set up by a face-off to the right of the Brown goal. Friar co-captain Alyse Ruff won the draw cleanly to Ashley Cottrell on her left. Cottrell's initial shot was blocked but she hammered the rebound in to put the Friars.
The Bears offense pressed hard in the last minute, pulling the goalie for the player advantage, but PC netminder Genevieve Lacasse withstood the barrage to give Providence the win.
Brown is back in action this Sunday, Nov. 28 at 2 p.m. when the squad hits the road and travels to Northeastern.