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T.J. Oshie Steals Hearts Of America, And UND Hockey Fans Go Wild

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UND Hockey Fans Go Wild Over Oshie

Even after another United States win in men's hockey fans are still talking about yesterday's shootout victory against Russia. T.J. Oshie, a Warroad high school graduate and UND alum has stolen the spotlight and hearts of America, and left his mark on the Grand Forks community.


Some say the best things come in small packages, and you might call UND a "small university," but they have produced a long list of Olympians.


"might be cold, but we know how to play hockey around here, you know you have to be proud of that," says UND alum, John Schmisek.


With a school this size, you really feel like you are on the ice with the team.


"Feel like you know all the und players when they come through here, you watch them and you watch them grow up," says Schmisek, "And they move on that, and they make you proud they really do."


And that's why und hockey fans were on the edge of their seat as Oshie sealed the win in a shootout for team USA.


"It was just crazy, everyone was calling in an American hero," says Kristina Nielsen, a UND student who works at the arena making UND gear.


Schmisek would not miss a game. "Hugely proud, you know, I can't image the pressure on a young guy like that though, you have all the other pros there, that you kinda go wow, they are picking this guy from Warroad, and from und, it paid off," says Schmisek.


Fans went wild, buying out every Oshie jersey, and even getting them custom made.


"It was crazy," says Nielsen, who was working at the time, "I got in at 2 and didn't stop making jerseys until 11."


But the real question is, why does und produce so many Olympians?


James Weisenberger has followed Oshie throughout his years at UND, and now professional hockey player. "They see this young person getting an opportunity, and when they introduced to the facility plus the coaching I think they realize there is a good opportunity here."


According to fans it's not that great players come to UND, but they leave as champions.


"Definitely pressure to impress people," says Nielsen, "And live up to the legacy, but I think that's what helps build it and continue it on."


Fans say the Olympic wins are just frosting on the cake, to some really good hockey.

The USA Men's Hockey Team had an incredible and suspenseful game Saturday against Russia. 
But, University of North Dakota alum T. J. Oshie stole the spotlight. 

The two teams could meet again in the medal round of the Olympics Winter games, but team USA versus Russia is always a meaningful match-up since the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" in Lake Placid, in which USA beat out the Soviet Union national team in the Winter Olympic Games and sparked a sense of patriotism in Americans everywhere. 

NBC recapped the game and played the overtime and shootout Saturday Night in prime time. USA won 3-2. 

Team USA takes on Slovenia tomorrow morning at 6:30 am. 


The game was scoreless through the first period and in the second period Russia Leads 1 to 0.  Team USA comes fighting back bring the game tied with a power play goal. In the third period Team USA takes the lead with another power play goal but Russia does not let them have the lead for long. At the end of the Regulation time the game was tied 2-2. 
After a 5 minute Overtime the game was still tied, which lead to a 3 round shootout. 
The shootout did not end after a 3 rounds it went on to 8 full rounds.  

Warroad, Minnesota native T. J. Oshie had an amazing game as the key asset in the shootout. 
Oshie made 4 of 6 goals in the shootout. 

T. J. Oshie now plays in the N.H.L. for the St. Louis Blue. 

"It was crazy. It was a back and forth game. It seemed like they'd score, we'd score. So it was a good game. It was a hard fought battle by both teams. It seemed like from the very beginning it was going to be coming down to overtime and possibly a shootout," T. J. Oshie said post game

"It was a tough game and the crowd was obviously heavily in their favor so it was tough. The emotions were everywhere and everyone was competing hard, so it was a hard-fought battle to the end," Oshie said.

A fun fact about Warroad, Minnesota: the town is home to 8 Olympians. 


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