South Portland goalie Jon Gillies stopped 23 shots to lead the Providence College Friars to a 4-1 win over Jim Montgomery's Denver Pioneers. The victory sends the Friars to the Frozen Four Championship at Boston Garden as NCAA East Regional champion.

Providence and Denver were tied 1-1 with about five minutes left. Tom Parisi scored for the Friars. Then Providence scored two more emplty net goals.

The (24-13-2)Friars were the 15th seeded team entering the 16-team playoff field.


Boston University and North Dakota will play in one Frozen Four semi-final on April 9th. Providence meets Nebraska-Omaha in the other semi.