Arlington/Midlothian entered Sunday’s game one place out of playoff contention, looking for a win against perennial powerhouse Coppell. The Cowboys took to their home ice wearing their victory reds, looking to make a move for first place. As in games past, the Attack struck first as an alert Reilly Branch honed in on a changing Coppell defense and broke in free from the blueline. With a quick head fake, he froze the Cowboy netminder and delivered a strike low blocker side. Despite taking the Cowboy fan base out of the game, Coppell buckled down and delivered an impressive barrage of offensive firepower over the last ten minutes of the period. Attack netminder Austin Koppmann, bolstered by the early Branch strike, turned away each Cowboy attempt to carry a 1-0 lead into the second. Despite his continued efforts in the crease, Coppell would final tie the game midway through the second. Not to be deterred, Branch would double down on a feed from Martinez and Prather. Coppell did not let up, continuing their onslaught of offensive firepower, finally evening the tally. The tension between the clubs grew, until midway in the third when Coppell would take the lead on an impressive two on one break. Undeterred, the Attack continued pressing. Defensive standouts Loggins, Ely, Koenig, Durham, and Prather cleared out the few rebounds that Koppmann would give out. This defensive zone work emblazoned the offense to take risks and press harder. The efforts were rewarded as Taylor Bowman would light the lamp on a redirect from Hayden Ovalle. The strike would deadlock the contest at three a piece with only two minutes remaining! Despite playing shorthanded in a 4 on 3 situation for most of the five minute overtime period, the game would remain undecided after regulation and overtime play. A hush came over the electrified crowd as each teams fan base eagerly awaited the first three shootout lineup. Chosen for A/M were Bowman, and Rehonic with Branch batting cleanup. The home Team Cowboys deferred the lead shooter and we were underway. Bowman and Rehonic were denied on strikes that they normally cash nine times out of ten. Meanwhile at the other end, Koppmann denied the first two shooters with an acrobatic toe save glove side, and a sliding split butterfly blocker stop stick side. With both goalies perfect after two shooters a piece, Attack Senior Reilly Branch took his spot at center ice. With the confidence of Donald Trump at an election rally, Branch sauntered down main street Framers Branch in no particular hurry. Upon reaching the far end, he moved right, then left, then back right in a mystifying display of choreographed illusion until finally the Cowboy netminder bit hard blocker side exposing the full open net as Branch calmly drew the biscuit back once more and slowly deposited in to the goal mouth. The Attack faithful erupted with thunderous approval of the nights first star. With the Branch success, the pressure mounted for the remaining Coppell shooter, as well as the Attack goaltender. The Coppell forward would try a deak of his own, faking glove side and pulling back across body to stick side. Koppmann, not fooled, stayed with his man and lunged forward in his power slide, poke checking the puck off his stick securing the upset victory! The Attack skaters poured over the bench to celebrate their winning goalie and senior standout forward star. The win once again highlighted the Attacks’ ability to skate with any league team and their need to buckle down on each contest, regardless of the opponents’ record.
Arlington/Midlothian’s centermen obviously ate their Wheaties prior to puck drop as the scoring was fast and furious! Coming off a disappointing loss to Lovejoy, the Attack looked to rebound but never got the chance, as the pucks were going in clean. Senior Reilly Branch opened the scoring off the first faceoff on an assist from Taylor Bowman. Branch would go on to score the third, fifth and seventh goal of the game before resigning himself to fabulous feeds in an effort to spread the goals out. Junior Beau Rehonic would add four of his own with two coming unassisted on good old fashion hustle pressure creating turnovers. Damian Martinez, Taylor Bowman, Justin Green and Bryson Hooker would all light the lamp pushing twelve goals on to the scoreboard and initiating the dreaded third period running clock. The Attack look to ride this offensive wave into a must win with second place Coppell in hostile territory.