SHERIDAN — Sheridan Ice played home to the 2014 Wyoming Winter Classic Wednesday, a match between the Yellowstone Quake and the Gillette Wild.
The National Hockey League has hosted its Winter Classic, an outdoor hockey game on New Year’s Day, since 2008 and this local version of the event brought the tradition of hockey fun to Sheridan.
The Wild took the game 7 to 4 with Moco Willis leading the way scoring one goal and two assists.
Gillette also outshot Yellowstone with 55 shots on goal to the Quakes 35.
Leading contributor for the Quake was James Pyle with two goals.
This match was the first time either team had played in an outdoor arena and both teams expressed that they enjoyed the outside venue and the hospitality of the people in Sheridan.
The game was highly attended with approximately 200 tickets sold.
Local residents and out-of-town visitors bundled up to watch the fast-paced game and even get in on the action with a “Chuck a Puck” competition at intermission.
The Sheridan Amateur Hockey Association raised $93 by selling numbered hockey pucks which attendees hurled onto the ice toward a target in an attempt to win cash.
The SAHA Board as well as Sheridan hockey team coaches and managers donated their time to organize the events of the day.
Zane Garstad, head coach of the Sheridan Hawks, the high school boys hockey team, was one of the event contributors.
“This is great for our community and for hockey,” Garstad said. “Local people get to see a higher level of hockey which is entertaining and exciting. It is also a great event to attract fans from outside the area to promote our community.”
Garstad said the organizers plan to make this an annual event.