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three freshmen in the nation scored more points last season
than Parse, who had 16 goals and 19 assists.
Statistics: As a freshman, Parse led the Mavericks
in goals (16) and points (35). He ranked tied for third in
the CCHA with seven power-play goals – only Miami’s
Matt Christie (eight) scored more among NCAA freshmen. Parse
and Christie tied for fourth place in rookie scoring.
He Does: UNO coach Mike Kemp originally planned to
bring Parse in for the start of the 2004-05 season, but academics
sidelined two forwards from last year’s recruiting class.
The Mavs’ staff brought Parse to Omaha the week before
school started. To their pleasure, they got a natural scorer
who, according to Kemp, has “a hunger to put the puck
in the net…and an innate natural ability to find the
hole [in the defense].” Parse’s temperament also
helped him make a quick transition to the college game –
he exudes a quiet confidence and is unfazed by his abilities.
Bigger Picture: As good as Parse was last season,
he may have had an even better summer. Because he joined the
UNO program so late, Parse basically had to play himself into
shape. With an entire off-season to work on conditioning,
the 6-1 forward should be even tougher to stop this season.
Another asset – his confidence – also got a boost
during the summer. Shortly after being drafted by Los Angeles
in June’s NHL Entry Draft, Parse attended the Kings’
development camp and was impressive, scoring a pair of goals
in an exhibition game on the camp’s final day.
coach Mike Kemp on Parse: "If it’s crunch
time, a one-goal game…we’re looking to him to
score. It’s tough to carry that weight as a freshman,
but you look to that go-to guy in the heat of the battle.
His style is quiet leadership. He leads by example."