The Attack witnessed some remarkable strides last season in climbing back into the playoff picture and increasing their spot in the standings to 9th in the Eastern Conference. The season was ended abruptly by the Gloucester Devils in two games and the Attack were left to prepare for the season ahead. Many successes were noticeable as Jenny Snowdon broke the top 20 in the NRL scoring race with 71 points and Josée Doiron and Joelle Proulx performed strongly in the offensive category. Karine Doiron was solid between the pipes and tied her 9 win total from her rookie season in addition to a defensive corps closing out the opponents shooting range.
Fast forward to season five and the Attack are icing the strongest roster on paper that the team has had since their introduction into the league. The team is well-rounded and well-equipped on both offense and defense and can roll line combinations that all have the ability to bury the ring in the back of the net. The veteran players have developed the familiarity to execute fancy plays and the newcomers to the team are learning the systems quickly thanks to the elite skillset of the coaching staff. If the Attack are able to translate the talent they have stocked their roster with to the on-ice product, season five should be the ‘one to watch’.
Players to watch:
Jenny Snowdon: 18 year old Jenny plays with the finesse of an NRL veteran. Recently, Jenny received the nod, alongside, her younger sister Britney, to participate on Team Canada’s junior team. It is remarkable to think this is Jenny’s 4th year on the Atlantic Attack and at her NRL audition she posted an unthinkable 11 goals and 3 assists in only 5 games. Last season was Jenny’s first full year on the roster and in 28 games she posted 38 goals, and 33 assists. Watch for Snowdon to be added into any shootout scenario this season as her bag of tricks when alone against a goaltender is limitless.
Kim Melanson: Kim has been a calm, quiet, and steady presence on the Attack blue line. She makes a great first pass in the attacking zone and contributes both offensively and defensively. Last season, she notched three goals and 13 assists in 23 games and only forfeited a minimal amount of penalties at three. Kim’s vision, work ethic and cool demeanour will provide a reduction of pressure on the entire back end.
Goals for the 2015-2016 season:
1. To win 20 games out of 28
2. To host playoffs on home ice
3. To secure a spot at the NRL championship