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Four Flames prospects set to participate in NCAA tournament

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames will have four prospects participating in the 2015 NCAA tournament, which kicks off on Friday, Mar. 27.

Brandon Hickey and Boston University will square off against Yale on Friday afternoon. The Terriers captured the Hockey East Championship on Mar. 20, downing UMass Lowell 5-3. Hickey, the Flames third round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, had an assist and a game-high 11 blocked shots in the victory.

Friday's affair will be the first time the teams have met since Nov. 25, 2006, when Boston University picked up a 2-1 overtime win over Yale. The all-time series between the two schools is tied at 30-30-3.

Jon Gillies, Mark Jankowski, John Gilmour and Providence will take on Miami (Ohio) on Saturday evening. Providence finished the regular season with a 21-11-2 record, tying for the second-most regular season wins in program history.

Last week, Gillies was selected as a Hockey East First Team All-Star for the second time in his career. The Flames third round pick in 2012 leads all Hockey East goaltenders with a 1.95 GAA and a .931 save percentage through 35 games.

Jankowski, a junior, has six goals and 23 points in 33 appearances this year. In 26 outings this year, Gilmour has four goals and 11 points.

Providence and Miami (Ohio) have met 10 times but it will be the two teams' first meeting in the postseason. Last season, Providence hosted Miami for a pair of games and went 1-0-1.

The championship playoff format involves four predetermined regional sites with four teams assigned to each site. The four regional winners advance to the Men’s Frozen Four. The entire championship uses a single-elimination format.

Automatic qualification privileges are granted to the postseason champions of the five conferences. The remainder of the field is selected at large.

Minnesota State-Mankato is the No. 1 overall seed. The other No. 1 seeds, in order, include North Dakota, Boston University, and Miami (Ohio).

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