Brown Men’s Hockey Upsets #8 Providence for Mayor’s Cup
The Brown Bears (3-6-1, 1-6-1 ECAC) struck for three goals in the second period and re-claimed the Mayor’s Cup with a 3-2 road win over the eighth-ranked Providence College Friars (9-3-3, 6-0-3 HEA) Saturday night at Schneider Arena.
Mathieu Caron finished the 36th Mayor’s Cup with 35 saves as Brown picks up its second win in as many days.
“I thought we were the better team, I thought we played extremely hard, were physical, and I thought we were unbelievable defensively and when they got looks I thought that Caron was outstanding, which he’s been all year,” said head coach Brendan Whittet ’94. “I thought that we earned every bit of that Mayor’s Cup and there’s nothing better than beating Providence, an outstanding hockey team, on their home ice and walking away with a trophy that’s back at Meehan now.
“I loved the effort and if we play that way consistently, good things will happen more often than not,” Whittet continued. “This team has the ability if we play the right way, like we did tonight, to win a lot of hockey games.”
Max Crozier put the Friars ahead at 13:51 of the first period, blasting a quick shot off a PC faceoff win in the offensive zone. Chase Yoder assisted on the goal with the faceoff win.
Brett Bliss tied the game just 1:11 into the second period with his first goal of the season. The sophomore wired a point shot off a feed from Bradley Cocca through traffic to beat PC goaltender Austin Roden (11 saves).
Less than three minutes later, freshman Ryan Bottrill scored his second in as many nights and third of the season to give Brown a 2-1 lead. Bottrill collected a pass from Bliss in the slot and beat Roden with a quick shot.
Jackson Munro joined the scoring at 5:27 of the frame for a 3-1 Bruno lead. Munro received a drop pass from Brendan Clark and his shot through traffic got through Roden. The third goal chased Roden from the cage as Philip Svedebäck (8 saves) took over between the pipes.
Caron and the Bears held the high-powered Friar offense at bay for the rest of the period, killing off the team’s first penalty of the night late in the frame.
The Friars cut the Brown lead to one with 4:59 remaining in the third as Austen May finished a rebound for his third of the season. Patrick Moynihan and Parker Ford assisted on the goal.
Caron stopped a Ford breakaway chance with 3:00 remaining in regulation to preserve the one-goal lead.
PC called timeout with 1:56 remaining and pulled Svedebäck for the extra attacker. The Bears blocked six Friar shots in the final stretch and Caron stopped both shots faced for the victory.
Bliss records his first multi-point game of the season and second of his career.
Caron pushed his scoreless streak to 82:12 before Providence found the back of the net in the first period.
Clark picks up his first collegiate point with the assist on Munro’s marker.
Brown blocked a season-high 25 shots in the win at Schneider Arena, marking the most since the Bears blocked 25 shots in a loss at Dartmouth in November 2014.
Brown’s three-goal second period marked the most goals in a single period by the program since November 9, 2019. In that game, Brown scored three goals in the second period in a 4-1 road win over Colgate.
Brown returns to Meehan Auditorium to host another Hockey East foe in the Boston College Eagles (4-5-2, 4-3-1 HEA) on Tuesday, November 29. Tuesday’s game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will stream on ESPN+. Click here to purchase tickets.