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Gillies named Hockey East's Rookie of the Month

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- For the second time this season, Calgary Flames prospect Jon Gillies has been named Hockey East's Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Month.

The freshman went 3-0-3 in February, helping the Friars establish the nation's longest unbeaten streak entering this weekend at seven games.

Gillies recorded a 1.76 goals-against-average and .947 save percentage in February. He made 197 saves through six games played, pushing his season total to 806. He allowed two or less goals in five of his six games and made 30+ saves in four outings this month.

The 19 year-old made history last month when became the first Friars goaltender to post four shutouts in a season, stopping 37 shots in Providence's 1-0 win over New Hampshire on Feb. 13. That fourth shutout also has him tied for second most in the NCAA this year.

The South Portland, ME product's most recent accomplishment came last weekend when the Friars swept Northeastern. Gillies made 35 saves in a 6-2 win on Feb. 22 and stopped 32 shots in a 3-2 victory on Feb. 23. He is the first Providence netminder to pick up a win in Matthews Arena in five years.

Gillies was also named a 2013 Walter Brown Award semifinalist last month, an accolade given annually to the best American-born player in New England.

The netminder has earned several Hockey East honours over the course of the 2012-13 campaign; Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Month in November, Rookie of the Week on five occasions (Oct. 22, Oct. 29, Jan. 14, Feb. 18, Feb. 25) and Defensive Player of the Week three times (Oct. 15, Nov. 26, Feb. 11). He has been named a Hockey East Top Weekly Performer multiple times as well.

The Flames selected the goaltender in the third round (75th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft.

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