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Record crowd takes in AHL’s first outdoor game, a 2-1 win for Syracuse over Binghamton

A crowd of 21,508 fans – the largest gathering in the 74-year history of the American League – packed the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse on Saturday afternoon for the Mirabito Outdoor Classic and watched the hometown Crunch hold on for a 2-1 victory over the Binghamton Senators in the league’ first outdoor game.

David Liffiton’s goal with 11.7 seconds remaining in the second period stood up as the game-winner for Syracuse. Alexandre Picard scored the Crunch’s first goal of the game while Michael Blunden recorded two assists. Kevin Lalande stopped 36 of 37 Senators shots.

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Josh Hennessy scored shorthanded for Binghamton’s lone goal.

The weather saw temperatures in the mid-30’s Fahrenheit with some flurries and a steady breeze throughout the afternoon.

Prior to puck drop, Jessie James sang the U.S. national anthem while a pair of jets from the 174th Fighter Wing performed a flyover. Skydiver Ray Maynard dropped in with the puck for the ceremonial opening faceoff, landing in the center-ice faceoff circle from an altitude of 1,500 feet.