Providence College Retains Mayor’s Cup


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A critical third period insurance goal and 32 saves from last season’s NCAA (East) Second Team All-America goaltender powered # 4 ranked PROVIDENCE COLLEGE to a narrow 3-2 triumph over intra-city rival BROWN UNIVERSITY in the 28th annual MAYOR’S CUP to determine the champion ice hockey squad in the capital city of Rhode Island and 93rd all-time meeting between the two proud academic institutions.

NICK SARRACINO, the sophomore left wing from St. Louis, Missouri, sent the home side to the lead after following up on his own off-wing attempt and shooting past Brown goaltender MARCO DI FILIPPO, the native of Italy who played four years of high school hockey at the elite Kent School in Connecticut, with only three minutes to play before the first intermission. The Friars doubled the Bears’ deficit six minutes into the second session when junior DREW BROWN banged a rebound home on the doorstep after Canadian legionnaire MARK JANKOWSKI, the sophomore center from Dundas, Ontario, who was claimed in the first round (# 24 overall) of the 2013 National Hockey League Draft by the Calgary Flames, had his hopeful, wide-angled effort saved. Brown, the little-used left wing from Grass Lake, Michigan, was making just his second appearance of this 2013/14 campaign for Providence College, to review.

The visiting Bears did not despair and ramped up their attack, accordingly, to generate sixteen shots on target in the second period, alone. But Providence goaltender JON GILLIES, the highly-touted sophomore who was the third round choice (# 75 overall) of the Calgary Flames at the 2012 NHL Draft, was proving himself to be in fine form, however. Finally, almost four minutes into the final frame, Brown were able to get on the scoreboard when Canadian legionnaire MATT LORITO, the junior left wing from Oakville, Ontario, who was an All-Ivy League as well as an All-ECAC Tournament Team selection for the Bears last season, blasted a one-timer past the Friars’ second-year netminder to register his sixth goal of this term.

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Providence College goaltender JON GILLIES (32), the sophomore from South Portland, Maine, who won a gold medal with the United States squad at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships last winter, improved his personal statistics this season (14 ga, 1.81 avg, .945 save pct) while earning his second career victory in the annual Mayor’s Cup match.
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The Bears continued to outshoot their hosts in the last period, as the Ivy Leaguers had done to their traditional cross-town adversaries in the second. But it was the patient Friars, who currently sit atop the Hockey East standings with a record of six wins and two losses, who re-established their two-goal advantage with a little less than eleven minutes remaining in the game. DEREK ARMY, the homegrown senior right wing from North Kingstown who led Providence with 13 goals in 38 NCAA games last season, beat Di Filippo with a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle to net his third goal of this season.

Army’s strike proved to be crucial, indeed, as Brown did pull one goal back less than two minutes later when first line left wing MATT HARLOW, the junior from Bridgewater, Massachusetts, whose father, Scott Harlow, was an NHL Draft pick of the famed Montreal Canadiens in 1982 as well as an All-American forward at Boston College in 1986, scored. Canadian legionnaire DENNIS ROBERTSON, the junior defenseman from Fort Saint John, British Columbia, who happens to be the lone player on the current Brown University roster to have been reserved by a National Hockey League club, assisted on the marker. But neither Robertson nor the rest of his Bears teammates were able to muster an equalizer, however.

And so Providence College, who routed Brown University 7-0 in the annual Mayor’s Cup clash last season, retains the prestigious trophy and pushes its record in the all-time series between the two capital city schools to 46 wins against 43 losses with three ties.

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Providence College left wing DREW BROWN is swarmed by his teammates after scoring the Friars’ second goal during the second period of the 28th Annual Mayor’s Cup game against traditional intra-city foe Brown University at the modest Schneider Arena in the capital city of Rhode Island.
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November 30, 2013
Schneider Arena – Providence, Rhode Island
Attendance : 2,442

PROVIDENCE COLLEGE 3 – BROWN UNIVERSITY 2

17:00 … PRV – Saracino (Mauermann, Gilmour)
25:58 … PRV – Brown (Jankowski, Mingoia)
43:44 … BRW – Lorito (Lappin, Naclerio)
49:17 … PRV – Army (McParland, Acciari)
51:10 … BRW – Harlow (Robertson, Hourihan)

shots-on-goal : BROWN 34 ( 7 + 16 + 11 ) – PROVIDENCE 29 ( 11 + 10 + 8 )

penalty minutes : BROWN 8 – PROVIDENCE 8

PROVIDENCE : Gillies – McKenzie, Shamanski ; Gilmour, Hart ; Parisi, Adams – Saracino, Mauermann, Luke ; McParland, Acciari, Army ; Brown, Jankowski, Mingoia ; Tanev, Rooney, Behling

BROWN : DeFilippo – Robertson, Goldberg ; de Concilys, Wood ; Wahl, Pfeil – Harlow, Lorito, Lamacchia ; Prescott, Naclerio, Lappin ; Pryzbek, Hourihan, Doane ; Hathaway, Middleton, Kramer

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Providence College senior right wing DEREK ARMY (19) also has very solid bloodlines from his hockey-playing father. Tim Army, of course, was a NCAA (East) First Team All-America selection for Providence College in 1985 and still holds the Friars’ all-time record for most career games played (158) while currently ranking sixth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 176 career points. The elder Army, who was chosen by the old Colorado Rockies (the present day New Jersey Devils) in the ninth round (# 179 overall) of the 1982 National Hockey League Draft and appeared as a professional player for the Maine Mariners in the American Hockey League as well as for teams in both Finland and Switzerland, also served as head coach of Providence College from the start of the 2005/06 season until the end of the 2010/11 campaign.

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