Important final games with Heat
The Moose Jaw Chiefs have now lost back-to-back games.
Moose Jaw Chiefs
The timing isn’t the best, as the Chiefs now only have two games left in their senior Prairie Gold Lacrosse league season.
“We have to give Saskatoon some credit, they have a pretty good team,” said Steve Michaluk, player/coach for the Chiefs.
The Chiefs had a lead, but couldn’t sustain it and lost 15-12 to the Saskatoon Brewers on Sunday afternoon.
“We had a lead on them … 5-2 in the first, but we gave up a few late in the first,” said Michaluk.
The Brewers scored three goals in the last minute of play in the opening frame and then took control of the second period. They held the Chiefs to just one goal in the second frame, while scoring five goals of their own to take the lead.
“What I think it came down to was they put a lot of pressure on us as soon as we would get the ball, which shortened up our 30 clock,” explained Michaluk. “They were hungrier on those loose balls. Loose balls are huge in lacrosse. If we aren’t coming up with the loose ball then we certainly don’t have a chance to score and they do.”
The Brewers continued with their balanced attack in the third period, scoring five more goals. However, the Chiefs tried their best to come back and retake the lead for the win, but just fell short.
“We battled back and tied it, but just couldn’t get down,” said Michaluk.
With the Brewers victory, the teams have split the season series at two games apiece, which doesn’t help the Chiefs in the standings and their push for first place.
The Chiefs would not allow any excuse to be used in this loss and Michaluk made it clear that the team just didn’t do enough to get ahead of Saskatoon.
“There was no fatigue from us at all. We had a full roster and bench,” he said. “In fact, that was their third game in three days. We thought we had them right for the picking. We were thinking it was going to be a good thing for us because Regina was beating up on them for two days straight and we were sitting at home.”
Now the Chiefs have to face the Regina Heat twice to finish the regular season, once on the road this Wednesday and at home next week.
“We have no choice but to win those two games if we want to have a look at first place,” he said.
Tanner Kittler carried the offence for the Chiefs, scoring four goals. Todd Doepker had a hat trick as well. Adding singles were Tyler Dobrescu, Eric Chevrier, Carter Davis, Michaluk and Taylor Dobrescu.