Agostino & Yale capture 2013 NCAA National Championship
PITTSBURGH, PA -- It took Yale 61 years to get back into the Frozen Four but they made that wait worth it by claiming its first NCAA National Championship on Saturday night.
"This is something every kid dreams of. You watch the Frozen Four, you watch a team hoist the National Championship trophy," Calgary Flames prospect Kenny Agostino told CalgaryFlames.com. "To say today that we're the best team in the country ... wow."
The Bulldogs defeated the Quinnipiac Bobcats 4-0 with Lethbridge, AB native Jeff Malcom outplaying 2013 Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalist Eric Hartzell in net.
"Jeff Malcom has been our rock all season," Agostino said of his netminder. "Our team has had its ebbs and flows this season but there is no question he's been consistent all year. He went down with an injury for a bit but he bounced back better than ever. He was unbelievable tonight."
Heading into the game, Yale was considered the underdogs due to their recent history with Quinnipiac. The Bulldogs lost their last three games against the Bobcats and had a 4-0-1 record in their previous five tilts with Quinnipiac.
"We're a team that gets better," Agostino smiled. "We planned on not peaking until this game. Tonight, this weekend, we played our best hockey. They didn't see our A game all season and we brought it here tonight."
Agostino collected his team-leading 41st point of the season after he sprung linemate Andrew Miller on a breakaway in the third. Miller, the Yale captain, scored his 18th goal of the year on the play. The Political Science major, who is a junior, also led the Bulldogs in shots on net with five.
"He's a really hungry kid," said Flames assistant general manager John Weisbrod, who is in Pittsburgh watching the Frozen Four. "He does a lot of the little things that usually top players in college or juniors don't want to ... he doesn't take any short cuts.
"I have really high hopes for Kenny."
In addition to Miller's tally, the Bulldogs received goals from Clinton Bourbonais, Charles Orzetti and Jesse Root. Yale finished the season with a 22-12-3 record.