The Moose Jaw Chiefs claimed their season series over the Regina Heat with a 10-4 win Thursday.
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However, bragging rights for the season won't be determined for another week.
The Chiefs finished off their Prairie Gold Senior Box Lacrosse League season with a win over their rivals, but know their meeting in the league semifinal will be the game both teams remember best.
"It was a good win. We were a lot more disciplined. We took five penalties all night and it was good to see that we could control ourselves," said Chiefs captain Steve Michaluk. The Chiefs lead the PGLL in penalty minutes by 77 minutes over the course of the 12-game season. "It was a good clean game."
While they knew they were going to face each other in a more significant game in a week, Michaluk said that it was still competitive.
"It's a short season and there's a lot of pride on the line," he said. "We wanted to win the season series against them. It will certainly step up in intensity next weekend.
It was 4-3 after two periods until the Chiefs scored 14 seconds apart to start the third period to break the game open.
"After the second it was anyone's game. We were having trouble finding the back of the net. Things started to click in the third period," said Michaluk.
Michaluk and Tanner Kittler each scored in the opening minute of the third period to give the Chiefs a 6-3 lead. After closing to a 4-3 after 40 minutes, the Chiefs scored six straight goals in the final frame to put the game away.
The Chiefs had been struggling to keep their legs going for 60 minutes earlier in the season. Their strong third period was a positive sign that their hard work was paying off.
"We were having issues melting down in the third period, but we seem to be able to play a bit more of a complete game," said Michaluk. "Our defence was excellent and our goaltender played well. Once we started to score things really started to go our way."
Sheldon Paul earned the win in goal and also had an assist for the Chiefs. He will be getting the starts in the playoffs.
Jay Fellinger opened the scoring 41 seconds into the first period for the Chiefs who never trailed.
Michaluk finished with a hat trick, while Kittler had a pair of goals and two assists. Todd Doepker had a goal and four assists, while Taylor Dobrescu scored and added two assists.
Tyler Dobrescu had a goal and an assist for the Chiefs, while Patrick Jukes also scored. Matt Lys and Carter Davis each added a pair of assists. Cody McCartney, Derek Burns, Jeff Kitts and Durston McKenna also added assists.
The Chiefs and Heat will play in a one-game semifinal with the winner advancing to a one-game final. The dates and times have yet to be determined, but it will be par of the provincial box lacrosse festival in Regina from July 4-6. The festival will feature the Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget box lacrosse finals, plus the PGLL senior men's playoffs.
The Chiefs finished their first senior season with an 8-3-1 record. The Saskatoon Brewers finished first with a 9-3 record.
The Chiefs will be without some players during the playoffs as one of their players is getting married that weekend.
"It's wedding season, so we're going to be missing a couple of guys, but hopefully we'll have a fairly full roster," said Michaluk who led the Chiefs with 30 goals and finished with 51 points
Davis led the Chiefs in scoring with 61 points.