Firefighters top Police for coveted Ryan’s Cup

Ryans Quest Ryan's Cup hockey game
Hamilton Police and Township Firefighters Celebrate another successful Ryan’s Cup Hockey Game. Photo by Michael A. Sabo.

Annual Friendly, but competitive Hockey Game of Township Firefighters vs Police brings community together to raise awarness and funds for Ryan’s Quest

For the past 11 years the men and women that respond first to those in need everyday, continued to respond to the need of Ryan Schultz through their annual Ryan’s Cup Hockey Game to benefit Ryan’s Quest.

When the final buzzer sounded at the end of the 3rd period the Firefighters would come a way victorious by a final score of 4 to 2 over the Police Department.

But the real winners were Ryan’s Quest and the community who got treated to a great hockey game and a renewed sense of pride in the men and women who put their lives on the line every day at work by their efforts to continue to help any way they can on their days off.

With the win the series in now 6 wins for the Police Department and 5 wins for the Firefighters.

Ryan’s Cup 2019 Photo Gallery. Photos by Michael A. Sabo

The HTPD struck first with a goal Sean Freeman on the assist from Michael Kenna.

After a flurry of saves by HTPD goalie OJ Sissman, the Firefighters would find the back of the net when Adam Stinger scored his first of 2 goals in the game.

The second period was owned by both teams goalies OJ Sissman of the Police and Matt Azrolan of the Firefighters. Both coming up with timely saves to keep their team in the game.

Period 3 opened up with a quick goal for the HTPD by Kenny McGuire to give the boys in blue a 2 to 1 lead.

But the firefighters were quick to pour water on any ideas the HTPD would have of turning an offensive spark in to a fire as they quickly ignited their own 4 alarm offensive call that would put three more pucks in the back of the net and put any hopes that the Police had of bringing home the cup behind bars.

Capt. Chris Tozzi started the scoring explosion for the firefighters when he tied the game at 2-2.

Michael Peoples scored the go-ahead goal shortly after that on an assist from Ryan Peach and Adam Stinger put the game away when his wrist shot from the line found the corner of an empty net to make it 4 to 2.

The friendly rivalry showed more than just the fact there are some skilled hockey players inside of Hamilton’s first responder’s ranks, it showed the beauty of true and total community service.

Black Sheep Tailgate raises over an additional $1200 for Ryan’s Quest

The crew that organized the “Black Sheep Tailgate”. Photo by Michael A. Sabo.

Even the men and women of the Fire and Police that that physically didn’t battle it out on the ice got in on the fundraising action when a group of friends decided to up the ante with a tailgate party that helped raise over $1200 in additional donations for the day.

The group which dubbed themselves the “Black Sheep Tailgate” came up with the idea for a pre and post-game parking lot party that even the most experienced tailgaters would envy including food, drink and a DJ setup for musical enjoyment.

The group was fortunate to get food donated by FMBA members, Italian People Bakery, Monarch Title Agency and Pete’s Steakhouse.

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