Chiefs lose close one to Heat

Randy Palmer/Times-Herald The Chiefs’ Carter Davis keeps a close eye Regina’s Dallen Larsen.

Before the Prairie Gold Lacrosse League senior division season even started, the Moose Jaw Chiefs knew the Saskatoon Brewers and Regina Heat were going to offer some stiff competition.
Case in point, their game against the latter on Wednesday night at Mosaic Place.
A third period surge saw the Chiefs turn a 5-3 deficit into a 6-5 lead in the first four minutes of the final frame before Regina retook control of the game, scoring three of their own the rest of the way for an 8-6 win.
“The third period we went back on the short change, so we were able to get guys out there in a hurry and it opens up the offensive transition a bit,” said Chiefs veteran Jeff Kitts. “A couple posts and some big saves there, if we can get some of those to go in, it’s a different story. Even going right to the wire there, they get the late goal and that’s the difference in the game.”
Todd Doepker led the Chiefs’ offence with a goal and two assists to along with a pair of goals each from Frank Davalos and Chris Fall. Tanner Kittler had their other goal; Carter Davis contributed a pair of assists.
Sheldon Paul was in goal for Moose Jaw.
As the Chiefs tried to press as the third period wore on, their shot accuracy began to suffer, to the point that they only a couple of scoring chances hit the net in the final 10 minutes.
“I think every guy wanted to contribute to the team. You’re down by one and here’s my opportunity,” Kitts said. “They were really aggressive too, so as soon as we were trying to shoot they were getting in on the hands and things like that. It was a matter of trying to do a little too much instead of getting an open look.”
Regardless of the final result, the Chiefs were happy to have a close game — the trio of top tier teams has regularly massacred their opposition when not facing each other.
“You lose the game, but at least you’re playing a competitive hard-fought game, where we were playing some of the weaker teams in the league for a couple of weeks,” Kitts said. “You can get bad habits and you sit back and it bites you in these games.”
The Chiefs are back in action Thursday when they host the Saskatoon Steelers (7:30 p.m., Mosaic Place).