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Hockey East Quarterfinals: Three decisive game threes set for Sunday

Three Hockey East Quarterfinal series will be decided in a decisive game three on Sunday.

Johnny Gaudreau looks for a rebound as Steven Summerhays covers the puck.
Johnny Gaudreau looks for a rebound as Steven Summerhays covers the puck.
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BOSTON--- Providence College punched its ticket to the 2014 Hockey East semifinals at the TD Garden on Saturday night with a series sweep of the University of Maine, but the other three entrants will be decided on Sunday.

Boston College downed Notre Dame, 4-2, on Saturday afternoon to force a decisive game three on Sunday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. on NESN. A night after being blown out, 7-2, Boston College received two goals and two assists from Johnny Gaudreau to send the series to a third game.

Vermont forced a game three against UMass Lowell with a Mario Puskarich tally in the overtime period to win, 3-2, over the River Hawks. UMass Lowell has played four consecutive games against Vermont, going 2-2, including the last two contests of the regular season. Two have gone to overtime, and all four have been decided by just one goal.

Northeastern scored three consecutive goals to rally from a 4-2 deficit to send its series with New Hampshire to a game three on Sunday as well. Kevin Roy scored twice in regulation and Mike Szmatula scored the overtime game-winner for the Huskies.

Jeff Cox covers college, junior and high school hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.