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2.05 GAA as a freshman was the second-lowest single season
mark in North Dakota history (Scott Gaddini/UND Athletics
Statistics: His 14 wins last season were the most
by a North Dakota freshman since Karl Goehring won 23 in 1997-98.
Overall, his 2.05 GAA was the second-lowest single-season
mark in school history (Goehring set record of 1.89 in 1999-2000).
Started his rookie season 8-0-0, the longest winning streak
by a North Dakota goalie at the start of his career.
He Does: Parise admits that just a few years ago,
he had no discernable goaltending style. “I was just
a scramble goalie, doing whatever I could to make a save,”
he says. But when Parise was 18, he met with Vancouver Canucks
goalie consultant Ian Clark at a camp in Minnesota and learned
the magic of the butterfly. The results thus far have included
14 collegiate wins, two shutouts and a WCHA title last season
while Parise split the netminding duties with Jake Brandt.
Bigger Picture: Parise says he’s one of a trio
of goalies (along with Brandt and highly-touted freshman Phillippe
Lamoureux) who are all ready to play a starting role. A year
ago, people were saying the offensively-gifted Sioux could
win if they could find a goalie. This year, Parise’s
strong play late in his rookie campaign, coupled with the
early departures of offensive stars Zach Parise and Brandon
Bochenski, has some fans thinking that a sound defense may
be North Dakota’s best weapon in the fight to keep the
MacNaughton Cup in Grand Forks for another summer.
Dakota coach Dave Hakstol on Parise: “Jordan
has a very competitive nature, and that’s what makes
him a good goaltender. Even with the success he had his first
year, his whole summer has been dedicated to becoming a better
goalie. It’s something he works very hard at, and that
competitive fire is what makes him successful.”