28th Mayor’s Cup : Brown Battles Providence In 93rd Intra-City Clash


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All of Rhode Island will rock when cross-town rivals BROWN UNIVERSITY and PROVIDENCE COLLEGE, two academic institutions that are located not even three miles apart from one another, will clash for the 93rd time since 1927 in the 28th installment of the MAYOR’s CUP. Indeed, the all-time series record between these two traditional intra-city adversaries could hardly be any closer with the Providence Friars (45 wins, 44 losses, 3 ties) precariously holding a very slim edge over the Brown Bears at present. As for the Mayor’s Cup, a handsome trophy which was first offered in 1986, it is Providence who currently also claim the lead (15 wins, 9 losses, 3 ties) in the all-time standings.

The Friars, who are presently ranked # 4 in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey national polls, have held the upper hand over the Bears, who reached the Final of the ECAC Conference tournament last season before falling to Union College, as of late. Providence have won four of the last six Mayor’s Cup matches while bowing just once and registered a massive 7-0 win at Brown’s Meehan Auditorium last season. The Bears did manage to dump defending national champion Yale University in their first contest to open this 2013/14 campaign but whether or not the unranked Bears have the requisite flair to upend Providence on the Friar’s home ice at the Schneider Arena remains to be seen.

The most recent trend has seen the home team fail to win the last three Mayor’s Cup contests :

01/31/1998 … BROWN 6 – Providence 3 …… (at Schneider Arena)
01/12/1999 … PROVIDENCE 3 – Brown 2 ….. (at Meehan Auditorium)
01/18/2000 … BROWN 4 – Providence 2 …… (at Schneider Arena)
11/04/2000 … BROWN 5 – Providence 1 …… (at Meehan Auditorium)
01/22/2002 … PROVIDENCE 4 – Brown 3 ….. (at Schneider Arena)
01/28/2003 … PROVIDENCE 3 – Brown 1 ….. (at Meehan Auditorium)
11/25/2003 … Providence 1 – Brown 1 ……… (at Schneider Arena)
01/22/2005 … BROWN 5 – Providence 1 …… (at Meehan Auditorium)
12/03/2005 … PROVIDENCE 5 – Brown 1 ….. (at Schneider Arena)
11/26/2006 … BROWN 2 – Providence 1 …… (at Meehan Auditorium)
12/04/2007 … PROVIDENCE 8 – Brown 0 ….. (at Schneider Arena)
12/09/2008 … PROVIDENCE 4 – Brown 3 ….. (at Meehan Auditorium)
11/17/2009 … PROVIDENCE 4 – Brown 3 ….. (at Schenider Arena)
12/07/2010 … Providence 4 – Brown 4 ……… (at Meehan Auditorium)
01/01/2012 … BROWN 5 – Providence 2 …… (at Schneider Arena)
11/24/2012 … PROVIDENCE 7 – Brown 0 ….. (at Meehan Auditorium)

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BROWN UNIVERSITY pose with the trophy after their 5-2 victory over host Providence College in the 26th Annual Mayor’s Cup at the Schneider Arena on New Year’s Day, 2012 … the Bears had fallen behind by a pair of goals but rallied to score five times unanswered in the second half of the contest with RYAN JACOBSON, the freshman from Greenwood Village, Colorado, netting twice in the third period, himself … Canadian legionnaire MATT LORITO (19), the freshman from Oakville, Ontario, evened the contest late in the middle frame by notiching his second collegiate goal ever.
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PROVIDENCE COLLEGE pose with the trophy after their runaway 7-0 triumph over host Brown University in the 27th Annual Mayor’s Cup at the Meehan Auditiorium on November 24, 2012 … the Friars benefited from a balanced attack that saw seven different players score goals while netminder JON GILLIES (32), the freshman from South Portland, Maine, who was chosen in the third round (# 75 overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Calgary Flames, stopped a career-high 35 shots in the process … Gillies went on to serve as the backup goaltender for the surprising United States squad that won the gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships held in Russia and would also be named NCAA (East) Second Team All-America at the conclusion of the 2012/13 season.

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