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Hanowski and Agostino off to the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames will have two prospects at the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four in Pittsburgh next week as Ben Hanowski (St. Cloud) and Kenny Agostino (Yale) have passed through the opening two rounds of the tournament.

Hanowski, who is the St. Cloud captain, posted one goal and one assist in two games while Agostino registered two goals and one helper in Yale's first two games of the tournament.

It is St. Cloud's first appearance at the Frozen Four and Yale's first appearance in 61 years. Both teams came into the tournament as relative underdogs but managed to dispatch their opponents handily.

St. Cloud's offensive onslaught in the second period of their opening game versus Notre Dame on Saturday led to a 5-1 win. On Sunday, the Huskies were able to cut through the nation's second best defensive corps to pick up a 4-1 victory over Miami.

Yale's two wins left many Frozen Four bracket makers shaking their heads as they took down two of the nation's top teams to punch themselves a ticket to Pittsburgh. They faced Minnesota in the opening round and Agostino helped push his club into the next round in thrilling fashion. A few seconds into overtime, the forward got into the Gophers zone and pressured the defence, forcing a turnover behind the net before snapping off a perfect pass to Jesse Root; his goal, which came at the nine second mark, set a new NCAA record for fastest overtime goal scored.

Agostino also scored in Yale's tilt with North Dakota on Saturday as the Bulldogs scored three times in the final 7:35 to give themselves a 4-1 win.

Both prospects were acquired in the trade that sent Jarome Iginla to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Hanowski was drafted in the third round (63rd overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft while Agostino was selected in the fifth round (140th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.

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