This weekend’s trip to Ohio will bring back some memories. The first UND game that I covered as the Herald’s beat writer was a UND vs. Miami game in the state of Ohio in the fall of 2005. UND won it 3-0. The goal scorers were guys named Jonathan Toews, T.J. Oshie and Drew Stafford.
That game was played in Dayton as part of the Lefty McFadden tournament. So, take a stroll down memory lane if you wish…
Publish date: Oct. 9, 2005.
Sioux blank Miami in opener
By Brad Elliott Schlossman
Herald Staff Writer
DAYTON, Ohio — Ten seconds into the game, Jordan Parise showed Miami what to expect all night.
Miami forward Ryan Jones came in on a breakaway just after the opening faceoff, made a good move to his backhand, flipped it toward an opening in the net, only to have it gloved by Parise.
It was just one of several impressive saves by UND’s junior goaltender in a 3-0 win over the RedHawks in the season opener at the Lefty McFadden tournament.
Parise totaled 37 saves – 31 of them through the first two periods – for his fifth career shutout.
“It’s quite a bit more fun when I get a bunch of shots,” Parise said. “I can stay in the game now, it’s actually a lot nicer with more shots.
Offensively, it was the younger players who provided a spark for the Sioux. Rookies Jonathan Toews and T.J. Oshie each scored their first career goals and junior Drew Stafford capped the win with an empty-net goal.
The teams combined for 26 penalties. The difference was that UND converted two power-play opportunities and held the RedHawks scoreless on 11 power-play chances.
“Your goaltender has to be your best penalty killer,” Sioux coach Dave Hakstol said. “And I thought Jordan was our best penalty killer. Guys did a pretty good job limiting the amount of second shots and rebound shots around him. Any time you can come out plus in the specialty categories, it’s big … especially on the road.”
Parise made saves on a handful of breakaways and stoned Miami’s Chris Michael on a penalty shot in the second period.
He was especially busy during the first two periods, as the Sioux spent most of them killing penalties. The RedHawks had eight power-play opportunities in those periods and were outshooting UND 31-13 after 40 minutes, but they couldn’t get one by Parise.
Toews gave the Sioux a 1-0 lead with 2:06 left in the opening period when Chris Porter fired a pass across the slot to the 17-year-old, whose wrist shot hit the post and went in.
Porter immediately tracked down the puck for the freshman to save.
“It felt unbelievable (to score),” Toews said. “We didn’t play very well in the first two periods, and it was good to get the goal. We started playing better after that.”
Freshman defenseman Brian Lee fed Oshie from behind the net for the second goal late in the second period. Oshie one-timed the shot from the bottom of the left circle with just 35.9 seconds left in the period.
Sioux captain Matt Smaby was called for checking from behind late in the game, which this year is an automatic five-minute major and game misconduct. The RedHawks pulled their goaltender for a two-man advantage but couldn’t convert the opportunity.
With 12 seconds left. Stafford won a race to the puck at center ice, skated into the Miami zone and easily put the puck into an empty net for the final margin.
“Jordan was our first star of the game,” Hakstol said. “He was a big part of the win. He allowed some of our younger defensemen to get a win and grow up in a positive situation. That’s important.”
Also important is that Parise picked up where he left off last season.
“I’m just focused on my position and my job, and I’m just playing my role,” Parise said.