In celebration of Hometown Heroes Day, an annual salute by the Rochester Americans to those who serve and protect the community, the Rochester Police Department defeated the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office 13-4 in a pick-up hockey game Saturday afternoon at The Blue Cross Arena.
PHOTO GALLERY: RPD VS. MCSO HOCKEY GAME
The RPD and MCSO hockey teams were joined by a few Amerks alumni for the game. Among the former Amerks in attendance were Scott Metcalfe and Ray Maluta, with Metcalfe representing the RPD, while Maluta suited up for the MCSO. Daryl Drader also joined the RPD squad while Jim Wiemer and Ken Soble joined Maluta with the Sheriff’s Deputies.
The RPD jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first period and never looked back, taking a 10-3 lead into the third period before adding three goals to seal the win and bragging rights over their Monroe County counterparts.
“Any time you step on the ice, your pride is on the line no matter if you’re playing recreation, travel hockey, or with the Amerks,” Metcalfe said. “Any time the Alumni Association can associate with two great organizations like the Monroe County Sheriffs and the RPD, it’s unbelievable.
“[The officers] are great guys, and they’re down at the rink all the time helping out. Over the years I’ve gotten to know many of them and they’re all good guys”.
One of those good guys was Jim Buonaugurio, who laced up the skates on the sheriff’s side and noted the positive experience.
“It was a good time to get out there with all the guys,” Buonaugurio said. “It was nice to get out of our uniforms and take us back to our glory days when we all played. We all do our part with our civil service and we get out here and we’re a bunch of kids again, hooting and hollering. It brings back a lot of good memories.”
With a laugh, it all comes back to the level of play for the former Amerk Metcalfe.
“The camaraderie was great. The hockey wasn’t all that great, but boy it was fun.”
To recognize the Hometown Heroes, the Amerks all offered one complimentary ticket to all active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists), as well as military veterans, retired and active police, firefighters, first responders, government officials, teachers, and non-profit employees for Saturday night’s home game against the visiting Hamilton Bulldogs, which the Amerks won 3-2.