Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Usually the B-Sens take over the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena on Friday nights. But before that team hit the ice, two amateur teams stole the spotlight.
It was an important match, although the score didn't matter.
The Binghamton Police Department took on the Windsor Central School District for some friendly competition.
They've met face to face before, playing to raise money for student scholarships. Friday marked their third annual game.
"As we were organizing and it was coming down to the last couple weeks before getting ready to play, we were all set to go with donations toward scholarships for Windsor," Windsor High School Associate Principal Chris Klumpp. "However, we just thought, in light of the recent tragedy, it would be a better message for our kids."
Proceeds will help the family of fallen Johnson City Police Officer David Smith, who was killed in the line of duty nearly two weeks ago.
"It's a fantastic thing, and his son is my son's age, so anything that's going to go toward the family is fantastic," said Binghamton Sgt. David Bidwell, who worked with Smith.
"It doesn't matter if you work in Johnson City or you work in Binghamton. It's one border, same group of guys that work together, so it's tough," Bidwell said.
Although some Windsor players never met Smith, it was the school faculty's idea to honor him and his family in the game.
"Whether it's Windsor, whether it's Binghamton, it doesn't make a difference. Something happens, people unite, they come together, and they work to overcome it," Klumpp said.
That's a message even young ones grasp.
"I think it's pretty cool that they raise money to help out other people in the area," Jack Beattie said.
"I think it's awesome that they're doing it, because it helps a lot," Lucy Beattie said.
The score didn't really matter, but Windsor did take the win.
"Maybe next year we will win, but we let them win this year," Bidwell said laughing.
Organizers said they expect to raise around $400 from the game.