Despite coming up short in the quarter final round against a very determined Southlake squad, the Arlington Midlothian Attack team has much to be proud of! Incredible growth was seen across all facets of the Attack game and the faithful fans remain positive and excited for the prospects of next year. Not so long ago, the team started the season losing 4 of their first five games. Undeterred, the team rallied behind Captain, Beau Rehonic, remained positive and upbeat, and came to the rink every Monday with the desire and intent to improve. Under the careful tutelage of Coaches Page and Strother, the young squad banded together forming a tight bound and delivered stellar end of season results. Their efforts resulted in a late season five win run, stunning powerhouses Frisco (unbeaten all year) and Richardson, dispensing of up and coming Lovejoy and toppling Coppell under a high stakes pressure filled must win situation. The poise and purpose shown by the Attack players was years beyond their collective ages. The late season rally ignited the home base and carried the team from starting in ninth place to steadily climbing to fifth place, culminating in a winning 10 and 8 season. Memorable moments were forever etched in the annals of Attack history. So while the sting of last night’s playoff exit hurts momentarily, the positives of a hard fought season outweigh the temporary taste. Many thanks to our coaching staff this year for working to build the foundation for a strong future while still keeping everyone involved, motivated and having fun showcasing their talent. Big thanks to seniors Reilly Branch and Michael Meador for adding excitement in their final high school run. The dynamic hands and quick feet of league leading #90 sparked a hunger in many to “toe drag like Reilly”! Good job to Captain Rehonic and Alternate Captain Loggins for their steady, positive and encouraging leadership style of no player left behind. Atta boys to our net minders for standing in there and giving us a chance to be competitive in each game. Thanks to Johnny Ruble for enthusiastically embracing a position change for the betterment of the team. Special thanks to all our young players for taking on the learning role in preparation to undertake a much bigger role in next years team. And of course, thank you to all of our parents and faithful for allowing your athlete to take part in this great sport and live a part of their dream! Till next year…
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Looking to extend a four game winning streak, a much focused Arlington/Midlothian Hockey Club entered the hallowed halls of Euless ice arena. The scoring would open early in the first with just over two minutes played, as the Branch-Bowman connection would strike again! Branch worked the biscuit deep into the zone swiftly maneuvering around several Richardson opponents, before delivering a crease pass to Taylor Bowman. The second year starter from Arlington was able to stand in under pressure and redirect the pass on a one timer before taking a viscous hit. The one timer found the netting and the score was 1-0. Branch would then strike twice with off angle high corner lasers to end the first at 3-0. Martinez and Koenig would assist on the plays. The second period would start in much the same fashion as fan favorite, #90, Reilly Branch would find himself free at center ice with the puck rolling across the blueline. The Richardson netminder appeared set to charge the puck but at the last minute retreated. Branch gathered up the puck, made a few mesmerizing moves until the goalie committed. With the goalie moving right, Branch cut back left and calmly deposited the puck into the back of the net. The celebration of Branch’s sixth hat trick of the year was short lived as Richardson changed goalies and sparked some life. Over the next five minutes, Richardson would demonstrate why they demand respect with 4 quick goals of their own to draw the contest even. With the next goal controlling the momentum, the Attack went back to good hard fought hockey. Quickly answering the call would be Taylor Bowman from a John Ruble feed. The score of 5-4 would carry into the third. Reilly Branch would add two more strikes to close the contest 7-4. With the regular season drawing to a close, preparations are under way for Southlake on March 21st!
The Arlington-Midlothian Hockey Club took to the ice Sunday night to celebrate their two seniors. They left the ice celebrating a playoff clinching victory! Firmly in the drivers, the Attack came in to the contest with a narrow one point standing lead over divisional rival and contest opponent, Coppell. A win would mean a spot in the 2016/2017 playoffs, while a loss would make them dependent on winning out and relying on other teams for a standings boost. Both clubs knew the stakes and it would come down to preparation and desire. The Cowboys would strike first early in the contest converting an odd man rush to an early lead. Tensions would build in the arena as the period would close 1-0. Back and forth play dominated the early second, until celebrated senior Reilly Branch would even the contest with just over five minutes played. The next goal would decide the tone for the evening and it was solidified for the Attack by Branch with just over four minutes to play. Driving off the ensuing faceoff, Beau Rehonic would add to the lead with a hard fought tally of his own. The Cowboys would immediately call a time out in an effort to regroup. Coppell put forth a valiant effort to get back in the game and had their chances. Junior netminder, Austin Koppmann took away any hope they had by stingily denying any rebounds and turning away 26 shots. Late in the second, pushing up from the point in a style reminiscent of Bobby Orr, two way newly minted defensemen John Ruble added to the cushion by joining the rush and putting the game out of reach. The second period would close with the Attack on top 4-1. Seniors Meador and Branch would dazzle on their night pulling down extra shifts to lead the troops. Branch would close out his senior night game in style midway through the third by officially notching his fifth hat trick of the season and putting the Cowboys out to pasture. The big win is the fourth in a row for the club and has the league taking notice of this hard charging tight night group! Next up is Richardson!
The Dallas Stars and the AT&T Metroplex HS Hockey League would like to recognize the dedication, accomplishments and skill of the graduating seniors from the Arlington – Midlothian Attack Ice Hockey Club. Let’s take a moment to celebrate their high school hockey careers as we honor both the graduating seniors and their parents.
The ATTACK organization would like to thank these skaters for their leadership and contributions both on and off the ice. We wish you the best of luck as you move on to the next chapter in your lives.