Boston University center Jack Eichel, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, was named a 2015 Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalist as college hockey's top player on Thursday.
Eichel, who is looking to become the first freshman to win the award since University of Maine forward Paul Kariya in 1993, is joined by junior goalie Zane McIntyre of the University of North Dakota and junior forward Jimmy Vesey of Harvard University as finalists for the Hobey Baker Award.
The winner will be announced April 10 at Matthews Arena in Boston and will be televised live on NHL Network at 5 p.m. ET.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Less than 24 hours after giving up five goals to Miami, Providence goaltender Jon Gillies was back on his game.
Gillies, a third-round pick (No. 75) by the Calgary Flames in the 2012 NHL Draft, made 23 saves Sunday to lead the Friars to a 4-1 victory against Denver in the NCAA East Regional final, sending Providence to the Frozen Four for the first time in 30 years. Providence will face Nebraska-Omaha in one of two national semifinal games.
Gillies, a junior, leads all Hockey East goaltenders with a .929 save percentage and a 2.01 goals-against average. He had no trouble shaking off the wild ending to the semifinal game against Miami, in which the RedHawks nearly overcame a four-goal deficit in the third period.
Tom Parisi scored a tie-breaking power-play goal with 5:01 left and Providence College defeated Denver 4-1 on Sunday to win the NCAA East Regional final and advance to the Frozen Four.
Providence (23-13-3), of Hockey East, will face Nebraska-Omaha, which defeated Rochester Institute of Technology 4-0 in the Midwest Regional final later Sunday, on April 9 at TD Garden in Boston. North Dakota will play Boston University in the other semifinal.
Jack Eichel's potential path to the 2015 Frozen Four will go through Manchester, N.H.
Eichel and Boston University will be the No. 1 seed in the Northeast Regional and open the 2015 NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament against fourth-seeded Yale at Verizon Wireless Arena on Friday after the bracket was announced Sunday. The other three top seeds are North Dakota in the West Regional, Minnesota State in the Midwest Regional and Miami (Ohio) University in the East Regional.
Minnesota State is the No. 1 overall seed in the field. The Mavericks will play fourth-seeded Rochester Institute of Technology at Compton Family Ice Arena on Notre Dame's campus Friday. Minnesota State has never won an NCAA tournament game, losing in the opening round in its previous three trips.
Notre Dame freshman goaltender Calvin Petersen, a 2013 draft pick by the Buffalo Sabres, set an NCAA single-game record Friday by making 87 saves, but it wasn't enough to win the longest game in college hockey history.
Shane Walsh scored 11:42 into the fifth overtime to give Massachusetts (11-21-2) a 4-3 victory and a 1-0 lead in their best-of-3, first-round Hockey East playoff series, which continues Saturday at South Bend, Ind.
A 2012 third-round pick (No. 78), Gostisbehere had a brilliant goal and two assists to lead Union College to a 7-4 win against the University of Minnesota on Saturday in the NCAA championship game.
Gostisbehere was a plus-7 with five shots on goal, was part of a penalty-killing unit that stopped the Gophers on three of its four power plays and was on the ice in the final seconds to help protect the lead.
PHILADELPHIA -- After one of the more dramatic nights in NCAA hockey history, the Union College and University of Minnesota hockey teams were back at work Friday, trying to put the celebrations and memories behind them.
"I think when you wake up this morning, you realize that you're playing for a national title and you better get your mind ready to go," said Minnesota center Kyle Rau, a Florida Panthers prospect who assisted on both Gophers goals in their 2-1 win against the University of North Dakota on Thursday. "Because if you're not, you're going to lay an egg."
Union started Thursday with a 5-4 win against Boston College in the first national semifinal, and Minnesota closed the night by scoring the winning goal with 0.6 seconds left against UND.
Hellebuyck, a 2012 fifth-round pick (No. 130) of the Winnipeg Jets, led all college goalies with a 1.79 goals-against average and .941 save percentage, and his six shutouts were tied for second. He went 18-9-2 in 29 games.
The 6-foot-4, 185-pound native of Commerence, Mich., signed a three-year, two-way entry-level contract with the Jets on April 5. The contract has an average annual value of $925,000.
PHILADELPHIA -- Justin Holl scored a shorthanded goal with 0.6 seconds left in regulation, giving Minnesota a 2-1 win against North Dakota in the second semifinal at the NCAA Frozen Four.
Minnesota was killing a penalty in the final seconds of regulation, but Kyle Rau broke the puck out of the zone. His attempted shot was blocked, but the puck went to Holl, a Chicago Blackhawks prospect who was trailing the play, and his shot from the slot beat North Dakota goalie Zane Gothberg. It was Holl's first goal of the season.
Minnesota advances to play Union College in the NCAA championship game Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET). Union beat Boston College 5-4 in the earlier semifinal.
Sam Warning also scored for Minnesota and goaltender Adam Wilcox made 36 saves, including four on North Dakota's late power play.
North Dakota got a goal from Connor Gaarder and 27 saves from Gothberg.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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