Attack (NRL) gain crucial points toward playoff push

The Atlantic Attack completed their final road trip for the regular season and welcomed the return of top sniper Martine Caissie to the lineup after a six game absence. The Attack played four games as they went head to head with Le Royal de Bourassa and the Montreal Mission in two games apiece.

In Saturday game action, the Attack handily served Bourassa a 10-6 loss. Caissie scored a hat trick after a netted two helpers while Josee Doiron added four points in the Attack victory. Bourassa responded in the second match of the day with a 12-11 shootout win. The Attack were up 6-4 at the half before Bourassa exploded with a five goal 3rd period. Jenny Snowdon notched six points and Joelle Proulx had 3 assists in the loss.

On Sunday, the Attack were victorious in both matches against the Mission to continue their climb in the Eastern Conference standings. In game one action, the Attack downed the Mission 8-5. Jenny Snowdon and Dominik Leblanc each secured 5 points apiece and Karine Doiron made 39 saves. Game 2 was protected by Miguelle Proulx who scored late in the 4th period to lead the Attack in an 8-7 win.

The Attack (15-4-0-2) are now tied for first in the East with the Cambridge Turbos at 32 points. Martine Caissie is one goal shy of her third 40 goal season in the past 5 seasons. Jenny Snowdon leads the Attack in the NRL scoring race with 72 points to sit at third place.

The Attack will close out their regular season on February 4-5 in Cocagne as they welcome the Lac St. Louis Adrenaline to New Brunswick for a three game series. This series will be essential to determining the Attack’s playoff positioning in the Eastern Conference. The top teams in the Eastern Conference will receive an automatic bye to the NRL championship in April, and teams placed 3 to 8 in the rankings will enter a best of three game series to earn in a spot at the championship (3 vs 8, 4 vs 7, 5 vs 6).