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.