Sunday morning handed the Varsity Bronze Attack their only loss of the Leveling Tournament as they fell to Odessa 5-0.
Though the Attack were shut out, the score board didn’t tell the full story. The Attack kept Odessa off the scoresheet for the first period and most of the second period.
Young goaltender, Noah Redman, stood tall in the pipes and did well to fend off Odessa’s repeated shots. With a strong defense and backcheck, the Attack made Odessa earn every inch they got.
The Attack held Odessa to only 15 shots for the game and took 11 of their own. The grit of the forward lines shined as they continued to forecheck despite the increase in physical resistance that awaited them at the offensive blue line. The defense, likewise, remained tough giving Odessa difficulty in breaking out.
Though the outcome wasn’t what they’d hoped for, the Attack showed their grit, determination, and hustle. Physical play, puck movement, and smart positioning was the order of the day, showing their commitment to improve every week.
The JV Silver faced a tough Plano East team Sunday morning, combined with them already being down a player, due to illness, and playing a back-to-back game weekend.
Even still, the Attack held strong and matched Plano East stride for stride. “For the longest time it was really a neutral zone game,” said Head Coach Redman.
No one seemed to have the edge on the game until finally a goal broke through with 0:57 remaining in the second period. Unfortunately, it was Plano East who managed to break the scoreless tie.
Heading into the third period it remained a 1-0 Plano East lead until a broken play led to another Plano East goal, extending their lead to 2.
That would be the final score as the Plano East tandem in net proved just a puzzle the Attack couldn’t quite solve.
Though a full team effort, coaches cited the strong defense of Kylar Wheeler, and fierce forechecking of forward Ethan Palmer as keys to keeping the match a close one. Coach Redman also noted that the whole team never gave up and continued to fight all the way to the end, showing once again their resolve that led them to last year’s JV Bronze Championship game.
In an action-packed matchup, JV Bronze demonstrated their resilience in the Leveling Finale, despite some challenges along the way.
Facing off against Northwest in Game 2, the Attack had their fair share of ups and downs, ultimately falling short with a final score of 4-1.
The game started with an intense physicality and fast-paced action as Northwest quickly grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first period. Northwest would add 2 more goals before the close of the second period, but increasing frustration amongst Attack players led to a breakthrough in their unity as a team.
Faced with killing a 5-minute major penalty, the Attack banded together to allow only one goal during that time. It was the momentum from that penalty kill that gave them a strong third period showing.
Goaltender Hannah Glovacz made 8 additional crucial stops in the third and Hayden Samuels found the back of the net, assisted by Micah Perez, to give the Attack their first goal of the game.
About the match, Assistant Coach Tim Ciganek noted, “What stood out most was the team's determination to persevere through adversity, ultimately winning the third period.”
It was a great day of hockey for the Attack Hockey club. The Attack Varsity team came out and set an early tone with great physical play from Nate Melby and Ethan Childress.
Though the first period was scoreless, both teams exchanged shots and hits at both ends. The Attack broke the scoreless tie when Rafael Soriano rang home a goal.
Though Mansfield would manage to score one goal, the Attack never took their foot off the gas and never trailed in the contest. Jackson Williams and Seth Prather both scored third period goals and Attack goalie Hannah Glovacz kept her composure to keep Mansfield from mounting a comeback, making seven stops on their eight shots.
In the end, the Attack secured the 3-1 win over Mansfield. Assistant Coach Foulks led well and left fans with high expectations for the regular season.
Hannah Glovacz: 7 saves on 8 shots
It was high speed, high octane, and all ATTACK in the Attack JV Silver game vs Grapevine/Colleyville.
The Attack opened the scoring early with a goal from Trenton Thomas. The Attack kept the pressure on in the second, picking up two additional goals from Truitt Goodman and Grayson Weast.
Midway through the third, the Attack rang in goal four when Shalom Martin fed Connor Shenot a beautiful pass from behind the net that Shenot buried top shelf. Jaylen Bryant added the finishing touches with a beautiful snap shot that beat the Grapevine/Colleyville goalie five-hole.
The Attack ended with 21 shots on net while Attack goalie Scott Slaughter stood tall in the pipes, facing 12 shots and stopping them all, giving him his first shut-out in this leveling tournament.
Final score, Attack: 5 - Grapevine/Colleyville: 0
With JV Silver off to a great start, Attack fans are excited about what we will see from Coach Redman and his team again this season.
Slaughter: 12 saves on 12 shots
In a thrilling debut match for the Attack JV Bronze team, fans were treated to an intense showdown that ended in a 2-2 tie.
The game started with both teams evenly matched, with shots on goal tied at 9 apiece by the end of two periods. Jack Miller opened the scoring to give the Attack the 1-0 lead. However, Keller managed to score two unanswered goals, giving them the lead early in the second period.
In the third period the Attack rallied and displayed exceptional defense, completely shutting down Keller's offensive efforts and preventing all but one shot on goal.
The Attack surged ahead with five more shots, one of which found the back of the net and resulted in a well-deserved goal from Micah Perez, assisted by Hayden Samuels.
Coach Buening's leadership was evident as his young team fought tooth and nail to secure the 2-2 tie.
Goalkeeper Gwen Lee was a standout player, thwarting Keller's best attempts to take the lead. The Attack opened the scoring, but Keller managed to respond with two unanswered goals. However, the Attack showed their resilience by netting the game-tying goal late in the third period.
This debut performance by the Attack JV Bronze team showcased their potential and determination, leaving fans eager to see what exciting games lie ahead in the tournament and the rest of the season.
8 saves on 10 shots
On August 5, the Attack family met at BoomerJacks in Arlington (by the Cowboy's Stadium) to make and pack bagged lunches for Arlington's hungry. Each player worked with their families to purchase food and supplies to make at least 20 lunches. Like an efficient team breaking out the puck, everyone joined together to make 1,475 lunches in less than 2 hours!
That's getting the puck across the goal line! Way to go Attack!
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Interested in trying out for high school hockey?
Arlington/Midlothian Hockey Club Tryouts are on the calendar!
We’re inviting all interested 7th thru 12th grade players, 2010 and older, from Arlington, Midlothian and Grand Prairie ISD’s (even if homeschooled or attending private school) to skate with us at Children's Health Star Center Mansfield on Monday, July 24th & 25th @6:30PM – more details coming soon.
Hope to see you there!
In early March, the Attack faithful met at BoomerJacks in Arlington to make and pack bagged lunches for Arlington's food insecure youth. Each player worked with their families to purchase food and supplies to make at least 20 lunches. They then set about making them. Together the team worked to make 1,265 lunches for local kids. Way to go Attack!
Excitement was in the air on Broad Street as the Arlington/Midlothian Attack prepared for a showdown with their cross town rivals from Keller. Following an opening win against the Cowboys and a strong week of practice, some key lineup changes would be explored, tested and exploited early. Donning their new home maroons, the Attack came out flying, punishing the Keller goaltender with a relentless barrage of shots. Puck movement was plentiful and precise and made for some exciting moments and a high shot tally for the home team. At the five minute mark of the first, Keller would have their best opportunity on a quick two on one break. The first shot would get through and required a quick butterfly pad save by #38, Nathan Lang. The rebound was pounced on by a trailing Keller forward who directed a low shot towards the left post. Lang came flying across the crease and miraculously got his right pad on the puck averting disaster. Fortunately for the home team, despite owning the offensive zone, the scoreboard reflected a 0-0 tie until deep in the first when Rowan Branch would find his mark with three minutes remaining in the period. That quick strike was all that would escape either netminder through the first period. Keller would battle back in the second striking twice a mere three minutes apart to take the lead. Sensing the importance of the next goal, some personnel changes were made on the Attack bench shuffling some defense with forwards. The move proved to ignite the team and open some real-estate in the O zone. The Attack would score the next six goals with Branch depositing three strikes, two unassisted and the third set up by Landen Crall. Jose Arevalo scored one unassisted and one set up by Branch and Mark Burress, skating in his first high school regular season game would ignite the crowd with an impressive wrister as he jumped up from his D-slot to cycle into the play, fed by Branch. Keller would answer with two, but it was too little too late with Landen Crall adding the eighth tally for the Attack on a feed from Arevalo. The Attack will be back on the Mansfield ice this Sunday to challenge perineal powerhouse Grapevine Colleyville.
Despite a cool temperature inside a packed Farmers Branch Arena, the action would prove to be hot as the Coppell Cowboys, an early favorite, faced off against the Arlington/Midlothian Attack. With a deep bench, the Cowboys looked to set the tone early and did just that with a quick strike two minutes in. Fifty five seconds later, the Attack would answer. On a textbook breakout, Ethan Koppmann collected the puck along the boards and threaded the defenders to find a streaking Jose Arevalo. With a nifty move at the far blueline, Arevalo would break in behind the Cowboy red with a clear path to the net. Arevalo delivered a quick low strike that was steered back into traffic by Coppell’s netminder. Undeterred, Arevalo would scoop up the rebound, controlling it wide side and delivering far back into the twine! As the goal light shone proudly, the Attack had a tied game! Later in the period, Rowan Branch set out on a solo voyage streaking down the right side darting in and out of the Cowboy lineup. Crossing the blue with a quick stutter step and a deliberate wide move, he lasered a wrister to the crux of the cross bar and goal post as the crowd erupted, trying to digest what they had just witnessed! As the period wound down, the short Attack bench was visible and Brenden Combs would net his second for the Cowboys. Combs would complete his hat trick early in the second to put the Cowboys up by a score of 3-2. Undeterred, the Attack shifted into overdrive with the forward line of Weil, Koppmann and Arevalo connecting for the next two. Weil made his presence felt first with the even up goal and Koppmann gave the Attack their first lead on a solo effort down the right flank culminating in a back hand that found the five hole! The second period would end with the Attack on top 4-3. Combs would net his fourth of the game to even the score at 4 a piece with nine minutes to play. The fatigue, now visible on the Attack bench as they tried to hold even with the swelling Cowboy bench was overshadowed by the grit and determination of the scrappy Attack lot! With a little over 5 minutes remaining, Landen Crall would dangle his way through the Coppell secondary and deliver a diving strike on net that found its way to the twine! The crowd went wild, spurring the visiting crew in white to dig deep to protect the lead. By the time of the final buzzer, the Attack stood victorious with a 5-4 battle win. Maximos Huffstuttler, would collect the W in net for the Attack in his first high school start! Stars for the game went to Landen Crall of the Attack, Brendan Combs of the Cowboys and Jose Arevalo of the Attack. Next up on the Arlington/Midlothian schedule is a showdown with Keller at 5:45pm on Sunday 9/29 in the Mansfield Arena.
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.