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University of Miami: 2011 Division II Roller Hockey National Champions

Theu Congratulations are in order for the University of Miami roller hockey team as they went to Middleton, Wisconsin, and won the Division II national title with a 4-3 double overtime win over cross-Alligator Alley rivals Florida Gulf Coast.

Sounds like we could have saved a lot of time and money by just setting up camp at the rest stop at Mile Marker 115 and played the game there.

All kidding aside, this was a nice little run for a Miami team that wasn't sure it would even be invited to nationals after losing to Gulf Coast on Feb. 27.

Miami came into the tournament a very pedestrian 9-9-2 but ran off seven straight wins to take the championship and finish 16-9-2.

The Canes, who beat FIU in that much-ballyhooed ice hockey game in Kendall last month, trailed 3-1 midway through the second period on Sunday before getting goals from Joshua Shuman on a feed from Michael Crow to pull the Canes within one.

In the third, Shuman and Crow hooked up again with a power play goal at 5:16 to tie things up. It stayed that way until Shuman scored at 2:59 of the second overtime to give Miami the victory. Guess who scored Miami's first goal?

Yup, Shuman scored all four goals for the Hurricanes.

In a surprising twist, Shuman was named the game's top star. Goalie Paul DeSilva earned second star honors for making 37 saves.

Miami advanced to the title game by beating Bethel University 5-4 on Sunday morning; FGCU beat Southern Cal in the other semifinal.

The Canes beat Ball State, Binghamton and New Orleans before dropping Cal and East Carolina to reach the Final Four.

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