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Toews, Oshie and now Lamoureux: Another UND player owns the moment in a sudden-death shootout

In the 2007 World Junior Championship, Canada kept sending Jonathan Toews out to take sudden-death shootout attempts in a thrilling semifinal against the rival Americans.

Toews scored again and again and again, sending the Canadians to the gold-medal game, where they would eventually win gold.

Toews’ moment became the lasting memory from that World Juniors.

In 2014 at the Sochi Olympics, the U.S. kept sending T.J. Oshie out to take sudden-death shootout attempts against rival Russia.

Oshie scored again and again and again and again, giving the Americans a dramatic victory in pool play. Although the U.S. didn’t medal at the Sochi Games, Oshie’s moment stood the test of time.

On Thursday morning, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson joined the club.

It was another key shootout moment on the international stage, and another former UND player landing in the international spotlight for a brilliant performance.

Lamoureux-Davidson lifted the United States to Olympic gold early Thursday morning, scoring the deciding goal in a sudden-death shootout on a dazzling move to beat Canada 3-2.

Unlike Toews and Oshie, Lamoureux-Davidson only had one attempt.

But while Toews and Oshie are remembered for scoring repeatedly -- Toews went three-for-three and Oshie went four-for-six -- Lamoureux-Davidson’s shootout goal will be remembered for its sheer brilliance.

Facing a superstar goalie who had never lost at the Olympic Games, Lamoureux-Davidson faked a shot to get netminder Shannon Szabados to drop, moved the puck to her backhand to get the goalie to dive to the side, then pulled it back to her forehand to slam home the winner.

The goal gave the Americans their first gold medal in women’s hockey in 20 years.

Here’s a rundown of UND’s famed shootout performances.

JONATHAN TOEWS, 2007

Toews was one of Canada’s first five shooters in the showdown against the United States and goalie Jeff Frazee.

Toews beat Frazee with a wrist shot low to the blocker side on his first attempt.

When the shootout was tied after the initial five shooters, Canada opted to continually use Toews. He scored on a wrist shot high to the glove side on his second attempt and on his third attempt, he made a small deke before going high blocker for the goal.

T.J. OSHIE, 2014

The former Warroad High star was nicknamed T.J. Sochi for his performance in the shootout against Russia in a pool play game.

Oshie was used as one of the initial five shooters -- he scored -- and then was used five consecutive times in sudden-death play.

Oshie scored on four of his six shots, approaching the goaltender the same way in each of them but shooting in different places. He mostly shot five-hole on goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, but also mixed in a backhand and a high-glove shot.

JOCELYNE LAMOUREUX-DAVIDSON, 2018

Lamoureux’s shootout was the only one that came in a gold-medal game.

U.S. coach Robb Stauber did not use her during the initial five shooters, but she got the call for the sudden-death portion after it was tied 2-2.

Lamoureux’s move was similar to one she used earlier in the tournament during a breakaway against the Olympic Athletes from Russia. On that one, she faked a shot, moved the puck to her backhand and flipped it by the goalie.

In the gold-medal game, she did the same thing, but tacked on one more move back to the forehand side.

Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016 and 2018, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He also was the NCHC's inaugural Media Excellence Award winner in 2018. Schlossman has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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