Senior lacrosse team unbeaten after opening weekend
They may be a new team, but the Moose Jaw Chiefs have a world of lacrosse experience.
© Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie
Eric Chevrier from the Moose Jaw Chiefs scores with an over-the-shoulder shot against the Estevan Impact Sunday.
The city's first senior men's team breezed to a 22-0 win over the Estevan Impact in their inaugural game Saturday and beat the Impact again 24-1 Sunday afternoon.
"The boys were very excited to play this weekend," said Steve Michaluk who is acting as a coach and player for the Chiefs.
"It was a lot of fun this weekend. Estevan is fairly new to the program so we appreciated getting the chance to play them … and we were able to work on some stuff."
It didn't look like the Chiefs had a lot to work on, but they were able to work out some kinks while enjoying some comfortable leads.
"Guys are buying into their roles," said Michaluk. "Part of this weekend was working on our line changes and making sure it was flowing — knowing who was going where and making sure it was smooth. It went better than expected."
The Moose Jaw Junior Mustangs won five straight provincial box lacrosse titles and didn't lose a game on a three year run. That streak may have ended a decade ago, but a lot of those players showed their skills haven't diminished since they were teenagers.
"There was some rust, but these guys bring a lot of nice stick skills," said Michaluk. "It's nice to see the ball skills. They have great game sense from a number of years of junior. It says a lot about what Moose Jaw has done for the last number of years."
Chiefs 24 Impact 1
Tanner Kittler scored five goals and added two assists while Michaluk added five goals in the win.
Todd Doepker had three goals and three assists as four Chiefs also had hat tricks. Carter Davis had three goals and two assists, Eric Chevrier had three goals and one assist and Patrick Jukes also scored three goals. Jeff Kitts scored twice and added two assists and Tyler Dobrescu had four assists.
Stephan Engler had a pair of assists as well. Goalie Taylor Roach also picked up an assist.
Deshawn Klassen had Estevan's goal.
Chiefs 22 Impact 0
It took Kitts 1:15 to score the Chiefs' first goal.
They would add seven more in the first period.
Michaluk had four goals and two assists, while Doepker chipped in with four goals and an assist.
Taylor Dobrescu scored twice and added four assists.
Kitts, Kittler and Jukes all finished with two goals and an assist.
Davis and Mitch Adams each scored once and added four assists. Tyler Dobrescu scored once and added three assists.
Chevrier, Cody McCartney and Brad Dunlop also scored. Matt Lys, Derek Burns and Adam Baker had two assists each.
Roach earned the shutout in goal.