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Jankowski, Gillies & Providence host UNH in Hockey East quarter-finals

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

Calgary Flames prospects Mark Jankowski and Jon Gillies will get their first taste of NCAA playoff action next week as Providence College will host New Hampshire in the Hockey East best-of-three quarterfinals.

Game One kicks off on Mar. 15 at Schneider Arena in Providence, RI. Game Two takes place the following day and local fans will be able to watch the game on New England Sports Network (NESN). Game Three, if necessary, will be played on Mar. 17 and is also slated to be covered by NESN.

Providence went 2-0-1 versus New Hampshire this season.

The Friars are entering the postseason fresh off their best regular season showing since 2001. They went 15-12-7 in the 2012-13 campaign and finished in a three-way tie for third place in their conference. They went 13-8-6 in Hockey East which is their third-best conference record in franchise history. This is the first time in ten years that Providence has hosted a quarterfinal series.

Both Jankowski and Gillies excelled in their freshman year at Providence. Jankowski, the Flames first round selection in the 2012 NHL Draft, was limited to 30 games after suffering a hip injury in late November in a game against Merrimack. The 18 year-old recorded six goals - two of which were game-winners - and 16 points in his first season with the Friars and was a plus-seven.

25 of the 18 year-old's games were played against conference rivals and Jankowski potted four goals and 12 points in that span.

Netminder Gillies has been outstanding for Providence, earning multiple Hockey East accolades for his performance this year. He was a workhorse for his club, playing 1867:07 and suiting up for 31 games. He went 15-10-6 this season with a 2.06 goals-against-average and a .932 save percentage - good for second in Hockey East in both categories. The 19 year-old also posted five shutouts this year.

When Gillies didn't start in net, the Friars were winless with a 0-2-1 record.

He was also named to the USA's 2013 World Junior Championship roster, getting some playing early in the tournament. The Americans ended up winning gold in the tournament. Gillies is eligible to play for his country in 2014.

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