Brad Elliott Schlossman , Published February 15 2014
Spoiler: Former UND star plays pivotal role in wild ending in USA, Russia hockey
It just needed T.J. Oshie.
The former UND and Warroad High School star scored four times in the shootout to give the Americans a 3-2 victory over Russia in pool play action.
Oshie was the only American player to score in the shootout, and after the initial three shooters, U.S. coach Dan Bylsma exclusively used Oshie. In the eighth round, after Ilya Kovalchuk missed for Russia, Oshie finished off the victory for the U.S., which can earn a bye to the quarterfinals with a win over Slovenia at 6:30 a.m. Sunday.
“You try to keep the tender guessing, which I did a pretty good job,” said Oshie, one of the NHL’s best at the shootout. “I told the boys that I’m running out of moves.”
Oshie’s popularity around the country vaulted after the game. He was trending worldwide on Twitter and picked up more than 20,000 new followers. Many people wrote about him.
“I don’t know if the US won or if TJ Oshie won,” wrote Mike Eruzione, the hero of the Miracle on Ice game in 1980. “That was amazing.”
“T.J. Oshie is a household name in the USA today,” ESPN’s John Buccigross wrote.
“With the world watching and your country hanging on every shot, insane amount of pressure,” Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt wrote on Twitter. “Unreal work by (Oshie).”