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Gillies leads Providence over Quinnipiac in NCAA hockey first-round game

Jon Gillies made 37 saves and third-seeded Providence beat second-seeded Quinnipiac, 4-0, last night in an NCAA East Region semifinal.

Mark Jankowski, Anthony Florentino, Shane Luke and Trevor Mingoia scored for Providence (22-10-6). The Friars led 1-0 after the first, and scored three second-period goals.

Gillies is the son of former Bishop Brady High and University of New Hampshire goalie Bruce Gillies.

Providence is making its 10th tournament appearance, but the first since 2001. It was the Friars’ first win in the tournament since 1991.

The Friars will play top-seeded Union today in the regional championship game. The Dutchmen beat Vermont, 5-2, in the first semifinal.

Quinnipiac finished the season 24-10-6. This was in just the third NCAA tournament for the Bobcats, who lost to in-state rival Yale in last year’s national championship game.

Quinnipiac’s Michael Garteig made 22 saves.

Union 5, Vermont 2

Max Novak and Matt Hatch each scored two goals to lead top-seeded Union over Vermont in the opening game of the NCAA East Regional.

Mat Bodie also scored, Kevin Sullivan added three assists and Daniel Carr had two for the Dutchman (29-6-4). Union came into the tournament as the nation’s top-ranked team for the first time in program history after winning the ECAC tournament for the third straight season.

Chris McCarthy had two goals for Vermont (20-15-3), which was making its first NCAA appearance since 2010.

Union l ost to Quinnipiac in last year’s regional championship game.

MIDWEST REGIONAL

FERRIS STATE 1, COLGATE 0

Gerald Mayhew scored a power-play goal midway through the first period, and C.J. Motte made it stand up by turning away 35 shots in Ferris State’s.

The second-seeded Bulldogs (29-10-3) advanced to the Midwest Regional final today against North Dakota. Colgate finishes 20-14-5.

North Dakota 5, Wisconsin 2

Mark MacMillan deflected a shot into the goal with 1:44 to go, rallying North Dakota over top-seeded Wisconsin in the Midwest Regional.

MacMillan deflected Brendan O’Donnell shot from the right wing into the net – the goal was upheld on review – to break a 2-all tie. Rocco Grimaldi scored a pair of empty-net goals in the final minute.

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