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The Thruway Cup

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Thruway CupThe Battle for the I-90


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, presented by Hillside Family of Agencies, 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 won the Thruway Series in six of the next eight seasons, claiming two Thruway Cups as symbol of their triumph.


Hillside Family of AgenciesUnique 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.


The third Thruway Cup was won by the Rochester Red Wings in 2008 and 2009 and then the Chiefs in 2010 and 2011. The Bisons need to win the Cup in each of the next three seasons or one of their rivals will retire it as their own.




***The Bisons have won the 2012 Thruway Cup***

Wins
Losses
GB
Buffalo Bisons
19
13
-
Syracuse Chiefs
17
15
E
Rochester Red Wings
12
20
E



2012 Thruway Cup Schedule


Date
Matchup
Result
Date
Matchup
Result
April 5
Rochester at Syracuse
ROC, 7-4
May 14
Rochester at Syracuse
SYR, 6-4
April 6
Rochester at Syracuse
ROC, 3-1
July 4
Buffalo at Syracuse
SYR, 5-0
April 6
Buffalo at Rochester
BUF, 4-2
July 5
Buffalo at Syracuse
BUF, 9-8 (14)
April 8
Buffalo at Rochester
BUF, 5-3
July 6
Buffalo at Syracuse
BUF, 5-1
April 9
Buffalo at Rochester
ROC, 3-2
July 24
Syrcause at Rochester
SYR, 6-1
April 10
Buffalo at Rochester
ROC, 5-3
July 25
Syrcause at Rochester
ROC, 5-3
April 20
Buffalo at Syracuse
BUF, 6-4
July 26
Syrcause at Rochester
SYR, 17-6
April 22(1)
Buffalo at Syracuse
BUF, 6-1
July 27
Syrcause at Rochester
SYR, 2-1
April 22(2)
Buffalo at Syracuse
SYR, 1-0
Aug. 2
Syracuse at Buffalo
SYR, 2-0
April 25
Syracuse at Rochester
SYR, 10-5
Aug. 3
Syracuse at Buffalo
BUF, 13-7
April 26(1)
Syracuse at Rochester
SYR, 5-4(8)
Aug. 4
Syracuse at Buffalo
BUF, 1-0
April 26(2)
Syracuse at Rochester
SYR, 3-2
Aug. 6(1)
Buffalo at Syracuse
SYR, 5-4
April 27
Rochester at Buffalo
BUF, 7-3
Aug. 6(2)
Buffalo at Syracuse
BUF, 4-3
April 28
Rochester at Buffalo
BUF, 4-3
Aug. 7
Buffalo at Syracuse
SYR, 4-3
April 29
Rochester at Buffalo
BUF, 8-2
Aug. 25
Rochester at Buffalo
BUF, 5-3
May 1
Syracuse at Buffalo
SYR, 8-0
Aug. 26(1)
Rochester at Buffalo
BUF, 1-0
May 2
Syracuse at Buffalo
BUF, 5-2
Aug. 26(2)
Rochester at Buffalo
ROC, 11-9
May 3
Syracuse at Buffalo
BUF, 6-5
Aug. 27
Rochester at Buffalo
ROC, 6-1
May 4
Syracuse at Buffalo
BUF, 9-0
Aug. 28
Rochester at Buffalo
ROC, 10-4
May 5(1)
Buffalo at Rochester
ROC, 2-1
Aug. 30
Buffalo at Rochester
BUF, 10-3
May 5(2)
Buffalo at Rochester
ROC, 5-0
Aug. 31
Buffalo at Rochester
BUF, 8-5
May 11
Rochester at Syracuse
SYR, 8-2
Sept. 1
Rochester at Syracuse
ROC, 8-4
May 12
Rochester at Syracuse
SYR, 11-0
Sept. 2
Rochester at Syracuse
SYR, 8-7
May 13
Rochester at Syracuse
SYR, 4-2
Sept. 3
Syracuse at Rochester
ROC, 6-4