The University of Miami received the 2nd alternate bid in Division 2 this year. They made it to nationals hoping to make some noise. Forward Scott Johnson stated clearly before the game, “We are here to play!” Something was still looming around the group of players before the game.
Josh and Jake Shuman are two kids that grew up in Rockland County New York. Like most kids they had an awesome “Hockey Mom”. Mara Shuman was a woman that was a rink rat just like her two sons. Be it a power skating or stick session she was always there in full support of her boys. She spent countless hours volunteering for the kids’ hockey teams and organizations. Unfortunately, the Shuman family lost Mara about three weeks ago in a tragic shooting. Both boys acknowledged before the game that, “…she is with us.” and Jake said, “She’d be yelling at us to go out there and skate our (butts) off.”
The Shumans, along with a very supportive Miami cast, came out and didn’t disappoint. Ball State alongside the Hurricanes came out with a lot of feelers as the first period yielded no scoring. Miami did have to defend off a couple of Ball State power play chances. Josh drew a penalty with a hard drive to the net to give the Hurricanes a power play opportunity early in the 2nd. He assisted on the goal just seconds later. In the blink of an eye, Ball State made it 1-1. It took another 7 minutes for anymore real action, and it felt Hurricane season. The Canes exploded for 4 goals in a two minute span at the end of the second that sealed the deal. Miami’s balanced attack had five different scorers. Josh had 2 assists and Jake had 1. After the game Josh admitted that, “It’s been a few months since we skated, but the practice last night worked. We have Binghamton next and that will be the test. I think we’ll do well.”
Though they are not necessarily dedicating the tournament to Mara’s memory, most of the players already said they were doing it for Josh and Jake. The force will always be getting stronger now for the Hurricanes.