After a really entertaining 60 minutes of hockey, one Flames prospect didn’t win a national championship while three others did.
The Providence College Friars (home of Mark Jankowski, Jon Gillies and John Gilmour) defeated the Boston University Terriers (home of Brandon Hickey) by a 4-3 score to capture the school’s first NCAA championship in men’s hockey.
For his efforts, Gillies was named the tournament’s MVP.
Jankowski, Calgary’s first rounder in 2012, had 2 goals and 2 assists over the tournament, including the game-winning goal in the semi-final against Nebraska-Omaha and a power-play goal against B.U.
Gilmour, Calgary’s seventh rounder in 2013, had zero points over the tournament. He was a steady two-way presence, though.
Gillies, Calgary’s third rounder in 2012, won all 4 games in the tournament. He allowed 5 goals against Miami of Ohio, then locked it down for the rest of the tournament. He had a 2.50 goals against average and .926 save percentage.
Hickey, Calgary’s third rounder in 2014, had 1 goal in 4 games and was pretty impressive defensively throughout. He just found ways to jump into lanes with his stick and tip passes, or to use his body and speed to angle guys towards the sides of the ice.
Gillies reportedly almost went pro last off-season, and with a national championship under his belt, you gotta wonder if he’s got anything left to prove in the collegiate ranks.
UPDATE: Check out Getty’s shot of Gillies’ crazy save late in the game with PC up by one.