For one day, at least, the Binghamton Senators and Syracuse Crunch teamed up to take a bit of the hockey spotlight away from the Vancouver Olympics.
The two American Hockey League rivals took their game to the great outdoors on Saturday, facing off in front of a crowd of 21,508 at the New York State Fairgrounds. The attendance for the Mirabito Outdoor Classic was the largest in the AHL's 74-year history.
Syracuse squeezed out a 2-1 victory in the first outdoor game ever played in the AHL. The temperature throughout the contest was about 3C, accompanied by some snow flurries and a steady breeze. It was televised on the NHL Network in both Canada and the U.S.
David Liffiton's goal with 11.7 seconds remaining in the second period stood up as the game-winner for Syracuse, which also got a marker from Alexandre Picard.
Josh Hennessy scored a shorthanded goal for the B-Sens.