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Three Flames prospects capture NCAA Championship

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

Jon Gillies, Mark Jankowski, John Gilmour, and the Providence College Friars are national champions.

The Friars captured their first NCAA Championship on Sunday, defeating Calgary Flames prospect Brandon Hickey and the Boston University Terriers 4-3 in the final game at the Frozen Four in Boston.

It was a back-and-forth affair with plenty of momentum shifts throughout. In the first period, Anthony Florentino opened the scoring for Providence but Boston University responded by netting a pair of goals (Ahti Oksanen and Danny O'Regan) in the span of four seconds.

In the second period, Jankowski, who was drafted in the first round in 2012, was able to tie things up with a power play goal but the Terriers were once again able to respond, with Cason Hohmann scoring with 8:14 remaining in the frame.

Boston University netminder Matt O'Connor's fumble in the third period ended up tying the game for the Friars, with Kyle McKenzie getting credit for goal. Brandon Tanev gave Providence the 4-3 lead just a couple of minutes later.

The Terriers pressed hard in the dying minutes of the game but Gillies stood tall, making a flurry of saves to preserve the win for his team.

Gillies, the Flames third round pick in 2012, ended making 49 saves and was named the Frozen Four's Most Outstanding Player. He finished off the season with a 23-13-2 record, a 2.01 GAA, and a .930 save percentage.

Jankowski collected three points at the Frozen Four, with a goal and an assist against Omaha on Thursday. In total, he had eight goals and 27 points in 37 games this year.

Gilmour, the Flames seventh round selection in the 2013 NHL Draft, finished off the year with four goals and 11 points in 30 games. The defenceman was held pointless in the Frozen Four but fired five shots on net in the championship game.

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