November 20, 2011 – Fredericton, New Brunswick – The Atlantic Attack impressed hundreds of fans, and gained the appreciation of many others, with their fast style of play and highlight-reel goals. The Cocagne-based Attack of the National Ringette League finally touched down for their first ever series of home games in New Brunswick. Ringette history was made in Atlantic Canada these past few days at the Fredericton Youth Ringette Tournament which hosted three games between the Atlantic Attack and their Quebec based opponent, the Lac St. Louis Adrenaline.
On Saturday, the teams met twice with the Attack winning the first match 6-3 and later in the day, the Lac St. Louis Adrenaline secured two points in the standings with a 5-4 win. Martine Caissie continued her scoring dominance with four goals in two games and currently leads all National Ringette League rookies with 21 points and 13 goals. When discussing her statistics and her plan to continue her effectiveness, Caissie commented, ‘I am just playing my heart out every shift and trying to do my job on the ice to the best of my ability. Of course, I couldn’t achieve any of this without my teammates and so far, being a player in this elite league is an amazing feeling’.
On Sunday, the teams played their third and final match and the Attack posted their second win of the weekend, with a 6-4 victory. Josée Doiron scored two quick goals only seconds apart, and later added a third for the hat trick. The Attack dominated their opponent and did not give them an opportunity to become established in the game.
Jocelyne Landry, forward, summarized the feeling of finally playing in front of fans and being involved in an elite ringette league, “many of the players have never performed in front of such large crowds and having a swarm of young, aspiring players asking for autographs and cheering loudly was a surreal experience for everyone on the team. We acknowledge and thank all of the parents, players and other teams that came out and supported us this weekend, and we hope this support can continue to build for our other upcoming home games across New Brunswick. Hearing the crowd in the stands is a real momentum builder for all of us, and it definitely adds a boost of energy to know the fans are behind you and helping you to perform your best.”
The Attack now have a 7-3-0 record and currently sit tied with the Ottawa Ice and Cambridge Turbos as they all fight for third spot in the Eastern Conference. The team hopes to continue its surge in the NRL and hope to keep the wins coming as they play first place, Montreal Mission in a three games series hosted by Miramichi, NB, Nov 26-27.