Undisciplined Chiefs drop first game of the season

Matthew Gourlie
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The Moose Jaw Chiefs have had their way in their first season of senior box lacrosse.

Moose Jaw Chiefs

Until Wednesday, that is.

The Chiefs lack of discipline directly led to their 17-15 loss to the Regina Heat in Prairie Gold Lacrosse League action. It was the Chiefs' first loss of the season.

"If there was every going to be a good time to have a loss it would be now," said Steve Michaluk from the Chiefs. "It's a bit of a reality check and allows us to take a look at ourselves and realize that we have some work to do. We have some work to do on focusing and controlling our emotions."

The game was almost the exact opposite of the Chiefs' 13-9 win from Saturday when Regina took a slew of undisciplined penalties and the Chiefs rode their power play to the win.

"We had the lead off the start and then we ended up getting into penalty trouble," said Michaluk. "We ended up giving them nine power play goals. It's really tough to overcome that."

The Chiefs scored five times in the first period, but surrendered the lead in the second period when they took five minors, a major, two misconducts and two games misconducts.

"Some of the penalties we took were lacrosse plays. They were things you don't necessarily mean to do, but they were penalties," said Michaluk. "It's the ones where the emotions get the best of you and we're losing guys (from the game), that's the stuff that hurts you. We were down three defenders at the end of the game. We had to change some things up and that presented a challenge for us."

The Chiefs were more disciplined in the third period and when they did take a couple of minors, they actually capitalized. The Chiefs scored three short-handed goals in 1:03 to get themselves back into the contest with 6:44 left in the game.

"We probably had our best third period of the year once we got through the penalty trouble," said Michaluk who finished with a hat trick. "We started coming back and chipping away at the lead they had."

Tanner Kittler scored four goals and had an assist for the Chiefs. Carter Davis scored twice and added five assists. Tyler Dobrescu and Mitch Adams each scored twice and added an assist. Jordan Jarvis scored once and added three assists, while Jeff Kitts also had three assists. Patrick Jukes scored the other Chiefs goal and added an assist.

The Chiefs had a fuller roster than they did Saturday, but they were missing some key players. Taylor Dobrescu wasn't in the lineup and Todd Doepker left the game early as he battles a hamstring injury.

"(Dobrescu) is usually good for a couple of goals and Doepker has been one of our top scorers, so we miss him in the lineup," said Michaluk.

The Chiefs are in Saskatoon next weekend and will play the Heat two more times during the regular season.

Organizations: Prairie Gold Lacrosse League

Geographic location: Saskatoon

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