Alvirne-Pelham Senior Night Turns out to be OT Thriller
March 4, 2016
submitted by the Alvirne-Pelham Avalanche
Although the playoffs are out of reach of the Avalanche after their loss to Manchester Central, they looked to close out the season on a high note on senior night against Manchester Memorial. Senior captain Cam Richall, senior goalie and assistant captain Curtis Richall and senior goalie Jeremy Dowd were all recognized. Cam Richall, a four-year varsity player from Alvirne High School has had a break out senior year scoring 12 goals and 18 assists through 17 games. His twin brother, Curtis Richall, has played the same role, facing the most shots of any goalie in the state for the third year in a row. Jeremy Dowd joined the program his junior year and has worked hard the whole time he has played. The Avalanche seniors were seeking a win to close out their career at home against a fifth place Crusaders team that was very skilled.
The Avalanche looked to be taken back by the speed of the Memorial Crusaders in the first period, falling to a 1-0 deficit fairly quickly but they would fire back. A goal by Alvirne-Pelham’s Brendan Parent assisted by Cam Richall would tie the game and send both teams into the locker room even. The second period would prove to be far more entertaining for the fans, but a lot busier for AP goalie Curtis Richall who would face a number of odd man rushes and breakaways. The entire period was back and forth seeing goals from freshman Kyle Sintiris, freshman Riley Nutter and Cam Richall. The Crusaders would also net three goals of their own, all on breakaways to lock the game at four going into the final period of play.
The third period was played safe by both teams, displaying solid defense throughout the whole 15 minutes. Although both teams had scoring chances, both goalies were determined to give their team the win. The game would eventually go into sudden death overtime and the game only got more exciting. A back-and-forth overtime would prove to favor the speedy Memorial team as they would score the game-winning goal on a beautiful breakaway move that ended the game. The Avalanche fought hard the whole way and proved to the Crusaders that they could skate with them. Senior goalie Curtis Richall was humble after the tough loss saying, “of course it is not an ideal way to end it all but I couldn’t have asked for a better four years, and I will always remember this night and the people that have helped me along the way.”
The Avalanche also played against D2 Hollis-Brookline/Derryfield which led to an 8-1 win. Junior Brendan Parent scored a hat trick while Cam Richall scored two goals with Jeremy Dowd notching an assist. Freshman goalie Jackson Dowd found his way into the net for the third period and was able to stop all four shots he saved in his debut. Alvirne-Pelham faced off against Nashua South in the last game of the season on Wednesday, March 2, at Conway Arena.