PROVIDENCE, R.I. – This weekend marks a battle of the bears as the Brown women's hockey team (1-8-2) heads to Orono to face the Black Bears of the University of Maine (0-12-4) in non-conference action at Alfond Arena. Game one is scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m. with Saturday's rematch slated for 12 p.m.
Maine will provide live streaming video and live stats for both contests so fans unable to make it to the game can catch the action.
LAST TIME OUT
Senior Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario) put the Bears ahead 2-1 early in the third period but Janine Weber fired in the game-winning goal 1:27 into overtime to help Providence College top Brown 3-2 and reclaim the Mayor's Cup at Schneider Arena on Saturday. Hoyle and sophomore Ariana Rucker (Oakton, Va.) accounted for the Brown scoring for the second straight game, while senior Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) made 39 saves in net for the Bears.
At 14:17 in the first period, Rucker faded to her left after a leading passes from juniors Janice Yang (Westport, Conn.) and Kaitlyn Keon (Toronto, Ontario) and put the Bears on top with a sharp wrist shot that found the upper right corner of the net.
Providence tied the game at 6:01 in the second when Molly Illikainen intercepted a pass at the Bears' blue line and lifted a wrist shot over Moore's stick side shoulder.
Hoyle delivered some third period heroics for the second straight game and put the Bears up 2-1 during a 4-on-4 situation. Hoyle snagged the puck after a faceoff deep in the offensive zone, carved around the back of the net and pushed in a wrap-around shot for her third goal in two contests.
The Friars refused to fall in regulation, however, and Beth Hanrahan split two defenders on the left wing before ripping a slapshot that clanked off the left post and in to knot the score at 2-2 with 5:45 left in the third.
Providence locked its sights on the net from the opening face off of the extra period as Hanrahan kicked off the stanza with a breakaway down the middle seam, but Moore stood strong from the stick save. Hanrahan had another straight-on look turned away after intercepting a Brown clearing pass 55 seconds into overtime, although Weber's shot at 1:27 found its way in for the game-winner. Weber beat two defenders down the middle and ripped a point-blank shot that scooted under Moore's arm to give Providence the 3-2 victory.
NEDOW NEARS CENTURY MARK
Senior co-captain Jennifer Nedow (Brockville, Ontario) is on pace to play in her 100th game as a Bear on Saturday after lacing up her skates for 98 career games for Brown women's hockey. Nedow is Brown's active leader in games played, followed closely by classmates Hoyle (96) and Kelly Kittredge (Mahwah, N.J.) (94). The defenseman is also tied with Hoyle for the active career assists lead with 22 helpers.
Nedow has appeared in all 11 games this season and has registered a pair of assists. She supplied the second helper on freshman Maddie Woo's (Plymouth, Minn.) game-winning overtime goal at RIT on Oct. 26.
MOORE FEATURED ON INSIDE THE ECAC HOCKEY RADIO SHOW
Moore was featured on last week's edition of the Inside the ECAC Hockey Weekly Radio Show, a program highlighting action from the previous weekend's games and upcoming games. The program also includes interviews with coaches and student-athletes and showcases stories from around the league.
A three-year starter in net for Brown, Moore has logged 99.9 percent of the Bears' minutes in goal this season, which is tops nationally for a single goaltender on a given team. Moore ranks fifth in the ECAC and 17th nationally with a .924 save percentage, having stopped 378 shots this season. Her 2.74 goals against average also puts her 25th in the country.
SCOUTING THE BLACK BEARS
The Black Bears snapped a seven-game losing streak last Saturday when Brianne Kilgour scored a second-period goal to force a 1-1 tie against Penn State. Prior to the stalemate, Maine had dropped three straight Hockey East weekend series against No. 6 Boston University, Vermont and Providence, followed by a 4-2 non-league setback at No. 10 Robert Morris.
Junior Jennifer More holds the team lead with six points and is tied with senior Kayla Kaluzny with a squad-best four assists. Audra Richards has shot in four goals to hold the title of Maine's top scorer, while Kilgour and Karissa Kirkup have tallied three markers each.
Sophomore Meghann Treacy has played the bulk of the minutes in net, posting a 0-9-1 record in 13 starts. Freshman Mariah Fujimagari has put up a 3.40 goals against average and .901 save percentage, both of which lead the team, in 264 minutes of action over five appearances and three starts. The rookie netminder drew the start against Penn State and made 29 saves while allowing just one goal, which followed a 44-save performance at Robert Morris the previous game.
Brown holds a 7-2-2 record against Maine dating back to the teams' first meeting on Feb. 19, 1999, which resulted in a 10-0 victory for the Bears. The two sides split the non-league weekend series last season with the Black Bears winning 4-2 on Jan. 5 and Brown taking the rematch 6-5 on Jan. 6. Junior Lauren Vella (Staten Island, N.Y.) scored twice in the offensive slugfest that featured a combined seven goals in the third period.
The Bears get a break from game action for the remainder of December and resume ECAC play when they host Cornell on Friday, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m.