RED BANK — They’re a youthful line combination that may not have a nickname just yet, but the early point-production of Anthony Tavares, Chris Repmann and Dan Quiles makes them more than deserving of a creative moniker.
So let’s give this a shot.
For now, I’ll refer to this Middletown North trio as the ACDC line, as their first initials allow us to venture down this highway of creativity, and their performance through the Lions’ first three games of the 2017-18 campaign has proven to be hellacious for opposing defenses…and at the very least, they shoot to thrill on a nightly basis.
We’ll see if it sticks.
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With that said, the Lions have logged 11 goals in their first three contests of the season, and this group of (Angus) young guns has potted seven of them.
They’ve also combined for 18 points over this opening stretch, 10 of which came in Middletown North’s (2-1-0, 1-1-0) Wednesday night victory over Class A North rival Red Bank Catholic, a 5-0 decision in which the ACDC line was a game-changer.
According to Quiles, it’s a role the trio knew they could shoulder after a strong year at the junior varsity level last season.
“I really knew we were capable of bringing this up to the varsity level, because we were dominating JV last year,” said Quiles, a junior who leads the group with three goals, two of which came on opening night against crosstown rival Middletown South. “I had a good feeling that it would translate as we advanced and got older. Seeing how were doing over the summer, and in workouts together, we’ve just continued to get better as a line.”
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“I was super excited to start the season when we found out that we would be sharing a line together,” said Repmann, who had six points all of last season as a freshman, and has already matched that total with two tallies and four helpers. “It’sexciting for me, and I know it’s exciting for these guys to be able to contribute more than we did last year. I think we’ve worked really well together in the past. It’s continued at the varsity level, and I’m really happy with the situation.”
For Lions coach Matt Clemente, the skill of this group visible from High School North’s first practice, but it’s all conjecture and speculation until the puck drops on the start of the season.
“On paper, at the beginning of the year, you try to project who is going to do what,” Clemente said. “And we expected this group to help us out offensively…but we did not expect them to carry us like they have. Our first three games have been a really good sign of what they’re truly capable of doing, and a great sign for our team once the rest of our guys get rolling.”
For the ACDC line, each night they take the ice and leave another opponent dazed and thunderstruck, the realization of their capabilities sets in a little deeper, and the confidence they have in themselves and one another continues to flourish.
“We’re starting to believe that we can create chances and even put a puck in the net every time we hit the ice,” said Tavares, a junior who leads the Lions in scoring with seven points on two goals and a club-best five assists. “If we’re not producing and our team needs a goal, someone is going to have to step up, and that’s us.”
The Lions and the ACDC line are scheduled to rock again on Friday at St. Rose for a 8:30 p.m. puck drop.