A member of the CNY Flyers crashes up against a Buffalo Sled Vet. Photograph by Casey Favata

Sled Hockey Teams Battle for Glory at Syracuse Classic

Intense matchups and community spirit mark the 2024 Syracuse Sled Hockey Classic, setting the stage for a thrilling finale at Tennity Ice Pavilion.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Syracuse Univeristy Tennity Ice Pavilion was alive with energy and competition this weekend as teams from across the state gathered for the 2024 Syracuse Sled Hockey Classic. Saturday’s lineup featured hard-fought matches that set the stage for Sunday’s medal games.

In a day filled with intense action and sportsmanship, the Central New York (CNY) Flyers secured a victory over the Albany Sled Warriors with a 4-1 win. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Sled Vets and the Fort Drum Mountain Warrior Sled Hockey Team battled to a standstill, ending the game in a 0-0 tie.

Fort Drum bounced back from the tie, defeating the Albany Sled Warriors 3-1. The Buffalo Sled Vets also claimed victory, beating the CNY Flyers 3-0..

Members of the CNY Flyers shoot on goal. Photograph by Casey Favata

Sunday promises to deliver an exciting conclusion to the tournament, with Fort Drum and Albany competing for the bronze medal at 9 a.m., followed by a gold medal showdown between the CNY Flyers and the Buffalo Sled Vets.

The tournament was not just about competition. It also offered a moment of community, as Otto the Orange, Syracuse University’s mascot, attended the Learn to Sled event. Otto’s participation, taking to the ice in a sled, was a highlight, adding a festive atmosphere to the weekend and promoting the sport of sled hockey to new audiences.

Otto the Orange got out on the Ice with some Sled Hockey fans.

As the teams prepare for the final day of competition, the spirit of camaraderie and determination that has defined this year’s Syracuse Sled Hockey Classic is evident. With medals on the line, Sunday is set to be a thrilling end to a memorable weekend of sled hockey.

Photograph by Seth Gitner

Photograph by Seth Gitner