Minnesota's Oshie becomes U.S. Olympic hero in shootout win


Every Olympic games has that signature moment you will never forget.

With so much time left in these winter games, it's hard to say what moment it will be this year, but a Minnesotan has put in an early bid with his game-winning goal against Russia Saturday morning, in men's hockey.

Warroad native T.J. Oshie scored four goals during the shootout to give the Americans a 3-2 shootout victory over Russia during an early meeting between the hockey rivals Saturday.

Incase you missed it, you can view Oshie's goals here along with the other highlights from Saturday's matchup.

Oshie is playing in his first Olympic games, but he is hardly the first hockey star from Warroad to dawn the Stars and Stripes. In fact, no U.S. Olympic men's hockey team has won gold without a team member from Warroad on the roster.

Saturday, Oshie showed the world why.

United States coach Dan Bylsma chose Oshie to shoot the fourth attempt. Then Byslma sent him back out there again and again, a move allowed in the Olympics, but not in the N.H.L.

Oshie didn't disappoint. He matched his big-name Russian counterparts goal for goal and miss for miss, until in the eighth round. American goalie Jonathan Quick stopped an Ilya Kovalchuk attempt, and Oshie responded by flicking a shot past Russian goaltender, Sergei Bobrovsky.

The New York Times reports the Bolshoy Ice Dome fell mostly silent, as if suddenly unplugged after Oshie scored the game-winner.

The victory has drawn plenty of attention, and captured the hearts of American Olympic fans across the country, and even the around the world. Troops were following the game across the world and even the President of the United States joined in the celebration.

The Tweet being signed by bo, indicates that it was posted by the President. Former Minnesota governor and well established hockey fan, Tim Pawlenty, also was excited about the Team USA victory.

Oshie's teammates were just as impressed.

U.S. defenseman Ryan McDonagh told USA Today, "I've never seen anything quite like that. I never knew he had that in his repertoire, all of those moves."

According to the Associated Press, Oshie was born in Washington but moved to Warroad where he helped to continue the tradition of the northwest Minnesota hockey power, helping lead them to two state championships.

He played his college hockey in nearby Grand Forks, North Dakota, for the University of North Dakota and in 2005 was drafted by the St. Louis Blues.

Oshie has been outstanding in shootouts in his career at St. Louis. The Washington Post reports he is 25 of 46 in tiebreakers in his career, including 7 of 10 this season.

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