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Four Flames prospects off to Hockey East semi-finals

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames will have four prospects playing in the Hockey East semi-finals next weekend at the TD Garden in Boston after Mark Jankowski, Jon Gillies and Providence College picked up a 3-2 win over New Hampshire in Game 3 of the quarter-finals on Sunday.

Jankowski was a big offensive contributor for the Friars on Sunday afternoon, opening the scoring at 1:31 and assisting on Nick Saracino's game-winning tally in the second frame. He put three shots on net and was a plus-one in the game.

Gillies, who has been the backbone of his team all season, came up big for Providence Game 1 and Game 3. In the opening game of the series, the 19 year-old made 35 saves and stopped 30 in the final game.

Johnny Gaudreau, Bill Arnold and Boston College swept Vermont this past weekend to solidify their spot in the semi-finals. Gaudreau recorded three points (two goals, one assist) in the series win while Arnold picked up one assist.

Providence will face the Hockey East regular season champions, the UMass-Lowell River Hawks, on Friday night at 5:00 PM ET in Boston. The Friars went 1-2-0 against the River Hawks in 2011-12. Jankowski had points in two of the three games while Gillies made 91 saves and was named the first star in two games. The Friars have a 3-5-1 postseason record versus UMass-Lowell but have been successful against them recently as they won three-game road series with the River Hawks last March in the quarter-final round.

Boston College will square off against their rivals Boston University on Friday night at 8:00 PM ET at the Garden. The Eagles boast a 2-1-0 record against the Terriers this season and are 8-3-0 all-time versus BU in the postseason. The last time the two teams met in the playoffs was the 2009 semi-finals, which was taken by the Terriers. Gaudreau scored twice and had one assist in the 2012-13 season series against BU while Arnold scored three goals in that span.

The semi-final winners of each game will advance to the Hockey East Championship Game on Saturday, March 23rd at 7 p.m. at the TD Garden in Boston. All three games will be televised live in high definition in the USA by NBC Sports Network and regionally by the New England Sports Network (NESN).

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