The first annual Presidents’ Weekend Outdoor Classic in Buffalo, New York, took the game back to its roots, hosting teams in outdoor games at the open-air Healthy Zone Rink. With each team guaranteed at least one outdoor game during the weekend tournament, the first ever event proved to be a unique experience with immense potential. LGS Hockey crowned three chilly champions who battled opponents and the winter elements to win their divisions.
The ‘05 Division championship saw the West Seneca Wings shut out the Buffalo Saints; their third shutout of the weekend en route to a 6-0-0 sweep through the division. The Wings outscored their opponents 24-to-3, proving to be a tough team to score against and the only undefeated team of the weekend.
The Rochester Monarchs defeated Cheektowaga Warriors 4-2 in the ‘06 Division championship. The fourth seed in the four-team playoff, Rochester upset the top-seeded Amherst Knights in the semis before taking down the No. 2-seed Warriors in the title game, capping off a 4-2-0 weekend record.
In the ‘08 Division championship, the Amherst Knights defeated Indy Jr. Fuel 8-3, to finish the weekend with a 5-1-0 record. The Knights scored four-or-more goals in four of their five victories, taking home the title thanks to their high-powered offense.
A fantastic inaugural event, the Outdoor Classic is a tournament experience unlike any other we offer at LGS Hockey. Taking the game — and the championships — outside and adding the winter experience to a competitive event makes for a great extended weekend in Western New York.
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