Callahan Tallies Two as the Admirals Get 5-1 Victory

By Blake Santana

Alvirne-Milford took to the ice for the first time in NHIAA play on Monday in West Lebanon to play the Lebanon-Stevens-Mascoma Raiders. The Admirals made the two-hour trip worthwhile, as thanks to goals from James Nemeth, Bryce Larco, Braydon Atwood, and two from Brandon Callahan, carried the team to a 5-1 victory.
To start the game, both teams were feeling each other out; getting a better sense of each other’s play styles. Much of the first period entailed odd-man rushes going back and forth, plenty of physical play, and stellar saves by the netminders. Both Kian Corcoran and Evan George were excellent in the first periods, holding down a 0-0 tie throughout.
Alvirne-Milford had plenty of chances to score in the first period, but they were unable to capitalize, as there were some turnovers in the neutral and offensive zones at times. Fortunately, it was a similar story for the Raiders, as well.
The second period was one of plenty of scoring for the Admirals, as it began after a Cedrik Beaulieu tripping penalty, where Brandon Callahan notched his first official goal of the season: a short-handed tally that beat Evan George high on his glove side. It almost seemed like Callahan didn’t get the full shot, but he beat George nonetheless. When asked about it after the game, Callahan said, “It was a muffin… wobbly shot, but it went in.”
This goal, however, would open the floodgates for the Admirals. Bryce Larco got his first goal of the year, scoring on the powerplay on a one-timer from the low slot. His goal came with assists from Ceddy Beaulieu and Brandon Ganas to make it 2-0 at 8:04 in the second.
Just a couple of minutes later, James Nemeth got in on the action, scoring his first official goal on the season. Bryce Larco picked up the assist. At this point, the game was just getting out of reach for the Raiders, as the score read 3-0.
Alvirne-Milford wasn’t done in the second period, though, as Braydon Atwood tallied a marker of his own. His goal made it 4-0 in favor of the Navy and Maroon. Brandon Callahan picked up an assist on the goal, as well.
It was clear from the drop of the puck, that the goal for the Admirals was to simply wind the clock down in the final frame. Afterall, they were just 15 minutes away from a well-earned victory.
With just 9:23 left in the game, Brandon Callahan would add another goal to make it 5-0. Braydon Atwood picked up his second assist on a Callahan goal on the night. At this point, the result was all but official. The Admirals were gonna win this one convincingly.
After being gifted with a long 5-on-3 powerplay, the Raiders would get themselves a goal off the stick of Patty Mooney. That goal, in the grand scheme of things, wouldn’t make a major difference, as the Admirals would go on to win 5-1. It just ruined the shutout, unfortunately.
Looking at this game, there isn’t very much, if anything, the Admirals didn’t do.
The offense, despite a slow start, put up goals. The defensive play was fantastic. Goaltending was nearly perfect from Kian Corcoran, who was battling an illness. This team deserved to win this game and they did. The only thing that could have gone better is perhaps a few less penalties. Even still, they managed to get a short-handed goal in the process.
For our three stars of the night, they could have gone to anybody, really. There were a bunch of players in contention.
For the first star, it was Brandon Callahan for his two goals and an assist, adding strong play even when he was not getting himself on the scoresheet.
The second star goes to Kian Corcoran, who stopped 42 of the 43 shots he faced, earning a .977 SV% and a GAA on the season of just 1.00. Finally, the third star of the night goes to Bryce Larco, who had the GWG and two assists in the game.

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