Rewind the highlight reel and play it again to take advantage of watching a truly impressive performance by standout sophomore Beau Rehonic! Stakes were high in the first must win playoff game against longtime rival, Plano West and West rose to the occasion coming out hard! The first period saw much neutral zone play and little in the way of true goal scoring opportunities for either side as the two teams tested each other cautiously. It wouldn’t be until late in the first when a heads up Jonathan Loggins would feed a streaking Rehonic who was able to break in behind the West defenders. With his patented head fake, Rehonic took the West netminder to the right prior to pulling hard left and finding the back of the netting to break the deadlocked contest. The second period would shift to a showcase of Attack blueliners as they were called on time and again to clear the crease of both Wolf bodies and potential scoring opportunities. But as we have come to expect from these seasoned defensemen, they rose to the occasion thwarting the blue wave of pressure from all angles. Their efforts prevented the Wolves from stealing the momentum and allowed Rehonic to net his second of the contest assisted by Taylor Bowman. The two Attack forwards would find themselves working at close range in front of the West goalie. Despite a rebound attempt, the puck would squirt free behind the net. Bowman moved effortlessly behind the goal to retrieve the puck and deposit it to a waiting Rehonic who would one time a back hander past the outstretched glove of the blue netminder. West fought back to get on the scoreboard late in the second bringing the contest to a 2-1, one goal margin. Bolstered by their late period success, Plano would tie the game at two only sixteen seconds into the third. Tensions would remain high throughout the third, but Rehonic would break the deadlock netting his third on a breakaway setup by Justin Ely. The Rehonic hat trick would prove to be enough to carry the Attack to a 3-2 victory sending them to the semifinals to face the perennial powerhouse of Plano Senior.
The ATTACK organization would like to recognize and thank Ben Gates, Barrett Kunkel, Blake Colburn and Grayson Clarke for their efforts this season! Each of these skaters could have continued playing varsity this year, but chose to stay with the ATTACK organization in a mentoring and leadership role. Without these four key players, the ATTACK would not have been able to field a team this year. Each of these players has been a leader both on and off the ice and should be commended for their contributions to the success of this team and the club.
Thank you to our graduating seniors and their families. We wish you the best of luck as you move on to the next chapter in your lives.