Nov. 24, 2006
Providence, RI - It may have taken a bit, but the Brown women's ice hockey team (1-9-0) picked up its first win of the season in style Friday night, defeating Providence (4-6-3), 4-2, to win back the Mayor's Cup at Meehan Auditorium. Junior Hayley Moore (Wakefield, MA) and freshman Andrea Hunter (Fulton, NY) each scored two goals to bring the Cup back to College Hill after one year across town.
Hunter got Brown on the board very early, scoring just 2:16 into the game. With a four-on-four situation thanks to each team taking a penalty, Hunter stole the puck in the Providence zone, skating in on Friar goaltender Jana Bugden on a one-on-one and scoring five-hole. The goal tied her for the team lead in points with Moore, but that lasted less than 15 minutes. With the Bears shorthanded, the junior forward stole another puck in the Providence zone, showed some nifty stickhandling to maneuver around two defensemen, and backhanded a shot that again beat Bugden five-hole. A power-play laser from Providence's leading scorer, Kristin Gigliotti, just about a minute and a half later while the Friars had a two-skater advantage halved Brown's lead, making the score 2-1 at the first intermission.
Sensing a victory, Bruno came out strong in the second period, doubling their total. Hunter struck first, again tying herself with Moore. With the Bears pushing the puck up the ice, Hunter skated into the offensive zone on the right side, and sent a shot on net from an odd angle to Bugden's right that got by the senior goalie, which later proved to be the game-winning goal. Two of Hunter's fellow freshmen, Jenny Cedorchuk (Medfield, MA) and Amanda Asay (Prince George, BC), picked up the first assists of their careers on the play, with Cedorchuk also grabbing her first point.
Bugden was pulled during the next stoppage in favor of sophomore Danielle Ciarletta, but that did not stop Brown. Senior Kathryn Moos (Wayzata, MN) stole the puck, then carried it into Providence's zone on the right side. Her centering pass was tipped right to Moore, who buried a shot for her sixth goal of the year, once again taking the team lead in points with eight. Moos picked up her first point of the season on the play.
The Friars did not go away quietly, scoring a goal midway through the third period. They had a great chance later in the period to cut the deficit, when three Brown penalties put them on the power play for nearly four and a half minutes, including 33 seconds of a 5-on-3. However, the Bears came out unscathed, taking the win. Sophomore Nicole Stock (Buffalo Grove, IL) made some spectacular saves in picking up the win, totaling 26 stops on the night.
On Saturday, Brown will host Niagara (4-6-2) for another non-conference tilt. The puck drops at 7 p.m. at Meehan.
PROVIDENCE 1 0 1 - 2
BROWN 2 2 0 - 4
Third period - P (PP) - Sonny Watrous (Erin Normore, Kristin Gigliotti), 9:35. Penalties - P, 3-6; B, 5-10.
Saves - P, Jana Bugden, 7-4-x - 11 (28:37), Danielle Ciarletta, x-2-6 - 8 (31:23); B, Nicole Stock, 11-7-8 - 26 (60:00).