Last season was predicted to be the ‘one to watch’ and the Atlantic Attack did not disappoint. The team broke through the Eastern Conference playoff hex they were carrying as they defeated Le Royal de Bourassa on home ice and finally punched their ticket to the NRL Championship tournament. The team finished the regular season 3rd in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 20-7-0-1 and were successful in securing some hardware with the NRL Coaching Staff of the Year award. Power forward Martine Caissie won the title of the Top NRL Forward with an outstanding 61 goals and 90 points in a breakthrough year.
Season six has the Attack icing almost the same roster. The Attack have added forwards Sabrina Cormier, after a season hiatus, and Kait Gallaway who will be premiering in the NRL this season in her return to ringette. Gallaway was 4th in goals scored in Atlantic University Women’s hockey last season.
Players to watch:
Martine Caissie: Caissie raised her performance ceiling last season and the entire league noticed. Her goals scored (61) last year alone tied her grand total for her previous two seasons of NRL action. Caissie’s patience, ability to find small openings in the net, and her crafty back-checking trickery to turn the ring back over into a scoring threat are expected to translate into another banner season. If her game remains elevated, there is no guessing how high she can go.
Kirsti Mason: The only remaining Nova Scotian on the squad this year, Mason was able to capitalize on a full season in 2015-16 and produced 10 goals and 29 assists. Her ability to receive passes and make plays with pinpoint accuracy will help the Attack’s offensive possession.
Joelle Proulx: Proulx has been a steady and consistent performer for the Attack. In all four seasons played, she has surpassed the 20 goal plateau and has hit the 60 point marker on three occasions. Proulx has the unique ability to fire a shot into the top corner of the net or make a passing play that alludes the opponent’s defense. She will be relied upon to make a key play when the game is on the line.
Goals for the 2016-2017 season:
1. To finish first in the white division and within the top 3 teams of the Eastern Conference
2. To produce more goals and to win games by a larger margin
3. To secure a spot at the NRL championship and win a medal