Agostino’s name might ring a bell.
Originally drafted by the Penguins, he was dealt to the Calgary Flames March 27 as part of the Jarome Iginla trade. But the NHL can wait for Agostino, at least for now. He has some college business to complete.
“It’s surreal to realize that we’ll be playing in the Frozen Four,” said Agostino. “A national championship would be something that you’d have with you forever, but it starts with Game 1, obviously.
“After the Minnesota game, the last couple questions were just saying, ‘How unbelievable is this? Are you happy you just beat Minnesota?’ And I said, ‘We came here to win the regional, not to give Minnesota a good game. We came to beat Minnesota, and to beat whoever we play in the next round.’
“We’re going to the Frozen Four to win it.”
Should Yale beat UMass-Lowell Thursday, then St. Cloud State or Quinnipiac Saturday, it will certainly thrill the current Bulldogs, and all those who played for Yale in the past. That includes members of the 1952 team, at least two of whom have reached out to Allain since the Frozen Four berth was won.
A national championship would also be an unexpectedly sweet ending for 14 anonymous Yale hockey fans. That’s the number — out of those 10,648 brackets entered in the online contest — who boldly predicted not just one NCAA win for the Bulldogs this spring, but four.