PITTSBURGH — When Yale played in the West Regional in Grand Rapids, Mich., two weeks ago, junior forward Kenny Agostino was the hot topic because he had been traded by the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Calgary Flames at 1:30 a.m. the day of the first game.
Two weeks later, the media was all over Agostino again after the Bulldogs held their first practice in the Consol Energy Center — the arena the Penguins call home — the day before the semifinal games.
Agostino had all the right answers.
On the way the Bulldogs finished the season on the PairWise Rankings bubble, waiting until the CCHA tournament was complete to see if they’d receive a tournament berth: “A lot of things needed to go wrong in Atlantic City and everything went wrong, including us not performing. It was stressful a little on Sunday.”
On playing with linemate and Pittsburgh native, junior Jesse Root: “Every year I’ve been here we’ve played together to some extent. That’s the beauty I think of being on a line, [players] that you feel comfortable with and you get a sense of where they are and you already know what’s going to happen in playoffs. You don’t have to worry about where your linemate’s going to be.”
On being the center of attention: “Being drafted a few years ago, you get the media attention. It’s fine. I’ve gotten pretty comfortable with it. I understand, obviously, in the business I want to pursue, it’s part of it.”