Despite a rainy, humid Saturday morning, magic was in the air under a canopy of freshly minted, bright green girders as the Arlington/Midlothian Attack took to a new, crisp, clean sheet of ice. Wearing maroon, the 2018/2019 Attack hit the ice hard and fast with their faithful fans hoping to see the tone set early against perennial powerhouse Propser. Despite just two practices under their belts, it was obvious to all in attendance that the Attack has something special this year. Solid off season work by the Attack brass has bolstered an already contending team! Last minute trade deals saw A+ defensive additions of Austin Weis and Ethan Romney, while the Attack front office fought hard to sign Maddie Laue to share cage duties with veteran Billy Jackson. As luck would have it, senior John Garcia was knee deep in talks with Birdville that stalled, allowing A/M to acquire rights and sign the hard working forward to a one year deal. With a razor thin margin left under the salary cap, the next move was to set their sights on re-signing fan favorite Bryson Hooker to a three year deal. Hooker comes out of training camp with another foot on his frame and speed to match. This new crop of players join Captains Ely, Martinez and Ovalle and their high flying Attack skaters to round out the soon to be championship Arlington-Midlothian Hockey squad!
Despite dropping the first contest 4-2 to Prosper, encouraging trends were easily gleaned. The action was back and forth with the Attack proving competitive. Laue showed she is a contender at the highest high school levels turning away 37 shots in route to a 90.25 save percentage. Aun picked up right where he left off last season… dominating puck control and proving too slippery to be covered. Aun and Ovalle would net the two Attack goals, both set up by second year forward Tyler Koppmann. Game two of the weekend saw the Attack triumph over John Paul II by a score of 5-3. Hayden Ovalle would score the first four goals for the Attack before Aun decided to add one of his own. Jackson would secure the W, calmly turning aside 15 shots despite being rattled in warmups with a puck to the throat. Game three was perhaps even more encouraging as the Attack held off a late charging Eagles squad and saw production from all three lines and from the blue line. Second year forward Coleton Clark would net his first high school goal by doing the hard work in the crease and hammering home a rebound. A true grit goal! Special teams was also a bright spot as the squad netted 4 shorthanded goals throughout the tournament. The blueliners of Weis, Reed, Branch, Romney and Childress proved calm under pressure as they killed off 7 penalties posting a 78% penalty kill ratio.
While coaching staff and player expectations for the season are high, the Attack took a firm step forward toward achieving those goals by pulling together as a team and supporting the ONE TEAM – ONE GOAL philosophy in their unselfish play. If this is any indication of how the year will go, the Attack will be a force to be reckoned with this season! Stay tuned!
Despite a long drive time to McKinney and a late game time, the Attack squad came out firing on all cylinders to take on division rival McKinney. Arlington-Midlothian team captain Beau Rehonic would deliver the opening strike as veteran blueliner Jonathon Loggins fed rookie Tyler Koppmann in the crease. Koppmann advanced the puck to Rehonic who one timed the biscuit top shelf on a startled McKinney netminder. Rehonic would strike again unassisted to give the Attack a 2-1 lead after one. Hayden Ovalle found John Ruble on the back door in the second which deadlocked a heated match at three a piece after two. McKinney continued to push hard doubling the number of shots and offensive opportunities of the Attack in the second period. Senior goalie Austin Koppmann made some brilliant saves to give his club the chance to win. Early in the third Sam Prather broke free on a lead pass from Rehonic and made no mistake burying the puck. It would take until the four minute remaining mark of the third period for the Attack to go up for good with Tristan Aun getting his third of the season as he converted his own rebound into the go ahead goal. Koppmann and the Attack blueliners worked hard to survive a barrage of last minute chances, with Koppmann making three desperation saves in the closing seconds to propel the Attack to their third win in a row. Shots on goal heavily favored McKinney as they delivered 34 counted shots to the Attacks 25. This big win sets up A-M to pressure the top slots in the rankings. Next up is Denton County and a share of first place.
Attack fans were treated to an offensive firepower showcase Sunday night as Arlington-Midlothian handily defeated Birdville with an all-around effort. Tristan Aun would open the scoring off a feed from Hayden Ovalle. Ovalle registered a three point night scoring goals two and five drawing inspiration from a newly taped stick. The Ovalle wristers were both set up by a hard charging and unselfish Lucas Sntesinger. Snetsi logged four points of his own, finishing the playmaker award early this year off three assists. He would a goal for good measure as well. Aun scored his second of the night assisted by Branch. At the other end, a red hot Billy Jackson turned away 32 of 34 shots to log the win. Next up for the Attack is the always formidable McKinney.
Attack Faithful packed the Richardson Ice Arena with great expectations for their hungry hockey club. Wearing their road white uniforms, the young club did not disappoint coming out skating hard and owning play in the Lovejoy end. Despite some quality offensive opportunities, it was Attack blueliner John Ruble who would open the scoring for the season. Captain Beau Rehonic, looking for some action in front would work the puck back to the blueline and then set the screen. Ruble one timed a rising wrister that ricocheted off a Leopard defensive, changing direction to find the top shelf. A tense first would end with the Attack leading by one. The score would not be broken until late in the third when veteran Justin Ely found himself breaking into the Leopard zone while being heavily defended. Ely smartly recognized a trailer in the clear as rookie Brandt Reed jumped into the rush from his defensive position. Brandt received a rolling puck on his backhand and with the poise of P.K. Suban, he drew the Leopard netminder out of position and delivered a back hand strike to just under the crux of the crossbar on a still rolling puck! The crowd roared in enthusiastic support has the celebration started! Meanwhile at the other end of the rink, Billy Jackson turned away ten shots to keep Lovejoy blanked. The third period brought good back and forth action with each team realizing the importance of the next goal. That goal would come with just under two minutes remaining, when a streaking Tristan Aun would thread the needle with a laser like saucer pass to a net crashing Justin Green. Green made no mistake in burying the biscuit deep in the back of the net to light the lamp one last time. The game would wrap at 3-0 with Jackson recording the shutout on 19 shots. The Attack will look to build a winning streak against Birdville in Euless.