Boston, Mass. (WPRI) – Providence College men’s hockey team won the 2015 NCAA Championship defeating Boston University by a score of 4-3 on Saturday night.
PC came out of the gate quick with Anthony Florentino scoring the game’s first goal at the 9:25 mark in the first period.
BU would get the next two with Ahti Oksanen scoring unassisted at the 12:50 mark and Daneil O’Regan scoring again 4 seconds later. O’Regan was assisted by Hobey Baker Award winner Jack Eichel. That goal gave the Terriers their first lead of the game at 2-1. The Friars would go into the 1st intermission trailing by that score.
Providence began the 2nd period on a power play on a Jonathan MacLeod hooking call at the end of the 1st. The Friars didn’t score on that power play but did on their next one when Mark Jankowski tied it at 2 after another MacLeod penalty.
PC couldn’t hold the lead however, Cason Hohmann scored the go-ahead goal for the Terriers at the 11;36 mark in the second period.
That score would hold on through the end of the 2nd period. PC responded strong and added two more quick goals in the third period to win by a score of 4-3.
After the game Providence goaltender Jon Gillies was named the Frozen Four’s Most Outstanding Player. Gillies made 49 saves in the championship game.
Eyewitness Sports has complete coverage of this historic win. Watch Eyewitness News on WPRI 12 at 11 p.m. for Mark Dondero live in Boston and Yianni Kourakis with analysis and game highlights.
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PC Hockey NCAA Frozen Four Fun Facts (Courtesy Friars.com)
- For just the second time in program history and for the first time in 30 years (1985), the Providence College Friars will play for the national title when it faces Boston University on Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the TD Garden (Boston, Mass.).
- The Friars and Terriers will be playing the third all Hockey East title game (1995 BU vs. Maine and 1999 Maine vs. UNH).
- Providence also advanced to the 1985 national title game following a 4-3 triple overtime semifinal win over Boston College – including a Frozen Four record 62 save performance by Friar goaltender Chris Terreri `86.
- The Friars lost, 2-1, to RPI in the 1985 title game (Detroit, Mich./Joe Louis Arena).
- Dating back to 2003 when the NCAA Tournament changed to its current format, Providence is the eighth No. 4 seed to advance to the Frozen Four and will be looking to become just the second No. 4 seed to claim the national championship (Yale, 2013).
- The Friars advanced to the title game with a 4-1 win over Omaha, Providence’s third straight NCAA win over an opponent from the NCHC.
- Noel Acciari opened the scoring in the semifinal win, marking his third consecutive NCAA Tournament game with a goal and he now has a four-game point streak (3-2-5).
- Mark Jankowski, Trevor Mingoia and Nick Saracino also scored for the Friars, while Jon Gillies stopped 25 of the 26 shots he faced.
- The Friars’ 25 wins this season (25-13-2) are the most by a Providence team since finishing the 1982-83 season with a 33-10-0 mark under Head Coach Lou Lamoriello.
- The Friars are in the midst of their 11th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and are making their first back-to-back appearances in the national tournament.