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Team splits weekend games with Brewers

The Moose Jaw Chiefs can write their own ending.

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After splitting games with the Saskatoon Brewers over the weekend in Prairie Gold Lacrosse League action, the Chiefs have only three games left in their senior box lacrosse season.

“If we win our next three games, hands down, we will have first place,” said Steve Michaluk of the Chiefs. “I don’t know how it will all shape up, but destiny is in our hands.”

The Chiefs defeated the Brewers 16-10 on Saturday, but “ran out of gas” on Sunday, dropping a 10-8 decision.

“They were close games and we were short-handed. We had 12 runners, so it was a big task. We played excellent on Saturday night, considering the numbers we had with us,” said Michaluk.

Despite being shorthanded, the Chiefs were able to use strong defence to push their offence on Saturday.

“Our defence played stellar on the weekend. With a short bench, our defence was by far the highlight of our weekend. They just played exceptional back there — right from our goaltender, Taylor Roach, to our defenders and transition players. They all played well,” he said. “We didn’t score goals on Sunday like we normally do. Our offence needs to look at what we are doing and get that figured out. When we get such a solid effort out of our D, we have to answer the bell as well and score some goals for them. They played a lot of minutes and they stepped up.”

To finish out the season, the Chiefs play Saskatoon once more, which they have beaten twice and lost once and Regina twice, which they have split games with.

“It should shape up to be a pretty exciting playoff race,” said Michaluk.

This is the first season for the Chiefs and the goal has changed slightly since the season began.

“We were just excited to have a team and the expectations were getting the team on the floor and let’s see what would happen,” he said. “I thought we would hold our own, but certainly, we now have our sights set on a provincial championship.”

The format for the playoffs is first versus forth and second versus third, which will take place in July.

“The second and third will face off and that will be a war,” Michaluk chuckled. “We want to finish first and let the other two teams go at each other.”

The Chiefs will host the Brewers on Sunday (1 p.m., Kinsmen Arena) and then go to Regina next week. They will host the Regina Heat on June 26 for the final game of the season.

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