It was Senior Night on Monday at HSBC Arena.
The Buffalo Senior hockey all-stars beat the Rochester Senior all-stars, 4-2, to highlight performances at the Scotty Bowman Showcase before a crowd of 1,856.
Seth Hamilton scored the go-ahead goal on the power play on assists from Danny Potter and Paul Steinig to give Buffalo the win and a 5-1 lead in the series.
Hayden Fitzpatrick, Andrew Stein and Garrett Moore also scored for Buffalo.
The sixth-annual event featured two all-star games between high school players from Buffalo and Rochester.
In the Junior all-star game played before the senior game, forward Tim Uhteg scored the game-winning goal off his leg with 1:03 left in the third period as Buffalo pulled out a 6-5 win.
"Larry Smith just carried it wide and I was just going to the net hard and it went off my leg," said Uhteg, a junior at Pioneer High School. "I was in the right place at the right time. It was a lucky bounce. We were playing against Rochester and not a lot of people like Rochester, and we wanted it more in the end."
Buffalo fell behind, 4-1, after the first period and rallied to take a 5-4 lead after two. Dave Seward scored twice for Buffalo while Tyler Gjurich, Alex Silvia and Chris Bradley added single goals.
Chris Bradley had two assists, while Adrean Copeland, Josh Kielich, Rob Neff and Smith also had assists.
A 20-minute exhibition game between two Western New York girls teams was held between the boys games.
Bowman, the winningest coach in NHL history, was there to present the Cup to the Buffalo all-stars at center ice.
"Mike Gilbert from the Sabres called me five years ago and said we were going to do this and it's getting more interesting every year," said Bowman, who lives in East Amherst. "I can see the difference in the caliber of play too. Five years ago there wasn't very many who went past this game [and played in college], now I think you'll see some of these kids get a chance to go to the university and play hockey. There's a lot of good hockey coming around."