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Thruway Cup Series

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Each year, the International League's closest rivals compete for bragging rights of more than just position in the IL's North Division. Since 1998, the Thruway Cup Series has pitted the Buffalo Bisons, Rochester Red Wings and Syracuse Chiefs in a battle for the highway that connects them all together.

The three teams are separated by just 150 miles, and through the years have competed in some of the most memorable games in the history of the International League.

Since the inception of the competition, the Buffalo Bisons have enjoyed most of the bragging rights. After watching Rochester win in '98 and Syracuse claim victory in '99, the Herd took over. Buffalo has won the Thruway Series in six of the past eight seasons, claiming the Thruway Cup as symbol of their triumph.

Unique to this competition, it was agreed that any team winning the trophy three times would get to "retire" the cup and keep it as their own. Buffalo's back-to-back-to-back victories in 2000-2002 gave the team their first bit of hardware. After winning again in 2004 and 2006, the Bisons put together another victorious season in 2007, allowing them to make a permanent home for a second Thruway Cup trophy at Coca-Cola Field.

2009 Thruway Cup Results

The 2009 Thruway Cup came down to the 48th and final match-up between the three clubs. On Tuesday, September 1, the Buffalo Bisons hosted the Rochester Red Wings at Coca-Cola Field. A Wings' win gave them the Cup, while the Herd could spoil things and give Syracuse their first Thruway Series win since 1999.

On the road, Rochester got it done. A 9-6 win over the Bisons gave the Red Wings a 19-13 record in the Thruway Cup Series. While Syracuse had the same record, Rochester won the head-to-head with the Chiefs 9-7, giving them back-to-back Thruway Cup Championship.

The Thruway Cup now sits at Frontier Field for a second straight year. One more victory, and the Red Wings will get to retire their first Thruway Cup.

2009 Thruway Cup Standings

Wins
Losses
GB
Red Wings*
19
13
-
Chiefs
19
13
-
Bisons
10
22

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2009 Thruway Cup Schedule

Date
Road
Home
Result
April 9
Rochester Syracuse
ROC, 7-4
April 10
Rochester Syracuse
ROC, 9-2
April 11
Syracuse Rochester
SYR, 3-0
April 12
Syracuse Rochester
ROC, 8-4
April 17
Bisons Syracuse
SYR, 3-1
April 18
Bisons Syracuse
SYR, 6-3
April 19
Bisons Syracuse
SYR, 7-1
April 20
Bisons Syracuse
PPD
April 24
Syracuse Bisons
SYR, 4-0
April 25
Syracuse Bisons
SYR, 6-5
April 26
Syracuse Bisons
SYR, 4-0
April 27
Syracuse Bisons
SYR, 7-1
April 28
Bisons Rochester
ROC, 1-0
April 29
Bisons Rochester
PPD
June 6
Syracuse Rochester
SYR, 3-2
June 7
Syracuse Rochester
SYR, 11-4
June 8
Syracuse Rochester
ROC, 4-3 (11)
June 9
Syracuse Rochester
ROC, 9-8 (10)
June 15 (1)
Bisons Syracuse
SYR, 4-2
June 15 (2)
Bisons Syracuse
BUF, 3-2
June 16
Bisons Syracuse
BUF, 5-4
June 17
Syracuse Bisons
PPD
June 18
Syracuse Bisons
PPD
July 2
Rochester Bisons
PPD
July 3
Rochester Bisons
ROC, 6-2
July 4
Bisons Rochester
BUF, 8-3
July 5 (1)
Bisons Rochester
ROC, 9-5
July 5 (2)
Bisons Rochester
BUF, 5-0
July 6
Bisons Rochester
ROC, 7-3
July 7
Rochester Syracuse
ROC, 7-1
July 8
Rochester Syracuse
ROC, 9-4
July 9
Rochester Syracuse
SYR, 2-0
July 10
Rochester Syracuse
ROC, 6-3
August 10 (1)
Rochester Bisons ROC, 8-2
August 10 (2)
Rochester Bisons BUF, 8-7 (9)
August 11
Rochester Bisons
ROC, 8-6
August 12
Rochester Bisons
BUF, 7-4
August 13
Rochester Bisons
ROC, 9-4
August 14
Rochester Syracuse
SYR, 4-3
August 15
Rochester Syracuse
SYR, 9-3
August 16
Syracuse Rochester ROC, 8-1
August 17
Syracuse Rochester SYR, 16-5
August 18
Bisons Syracuse
SYR, 1-0
August 19
Bisons Syracuse
SYR, 7-3
August 20 (1)
Syracuse Bisons SYR, 3-0
August 20 (2)
Syracuse Bisons BUF, 2-0
August 21 (1)
Syracuse Bisons BUF, 7-2
August 21 (2)
Syracuse Bisons SYR, 2-1
August 28
Bisons Rochester BUF, 8-7
August 29
Bisons Rochester ROC, 5-2
August 30
Bisons Rochester ROC, 5-4 (10)
August 31
Rochester Bisons BUF, 6-1
September 1
Rochester Bisons ROC, 9-6