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Frozen Four: Gillies named MOP

Matt Dewkett

Boston -- As he has been for much of the past three seasons, Jon Gillies was the key factor in Providence College defeating Boston University, 4-3, and winning the school's first ever NCAA Championship in men's hockey.

The South Portland, Maine native made 49 saves for his 24th win of the season. 40 of those came in the first two periods. The Calgary Flames prospect was immense in what is almost certainly his last collegiate game. Gillies stopped 25 shots in the team's 4-1 win over Omaha in the Frozen Four Semifinals on Thursday.

He was big time for us. He held the ship. I think it's very similar to our season. He held us in there," explained Providence coach Nate Leaman. "He was our best player tonight."

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