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Pee Wee Mustangs 1 suffer first loss of season

Third period outburst leads to 11-5 win for Weyburn Thrashers
The Moose Jaw Mustangs have had their share of third period surges across the various South Saskatchewan Lacrosse League divisions this season, but for the Pee Wee I Mustangs on Monday night, the shoe was stuck on the other foot.

The Weyburn Thrashers scored eight third period goals, overcoming a 4-3 second period deficit and 5-3 Mustangs third-period lead to take an 11-5 win at the Kinsmen Sportsplex.

“We weren’t really getting on loose balls and it really didn’t work out for us,” said the Mustangs Austin Smith, who picked up a second-period assist. “And we weren’t getting back, because they always had a guy sneaking behind us and we weren’t there. It just didn’t work out.”

Weyburn took a 2-1 lead out of the first period, and with the Mustangs propensity for slow starts, that wasn’t too much of a concern. And sure enough, they managed a second period rally to take their lead into the final frame.

“It’s kind of hard,” Smith said of losing a game they were in control of. “We were having good passes and getting on loose balls and setting picks. The third period we didn’t do that at all.”

Weyburn’s Ryder Hignett scored a natural hat trick over a span of six minutes to give the Thrashers a 6-5 lead with 6:20 to play. The floodgates opened form there, as Weyburn had five different players score goals in the final 4:45.

Brodyn Pladson finished the contest with a hat trick for Moose Jaw, while Ryder Gilroy and Colton Flanagan added single markers.

The Mustangs will look to rebound when they travel to Regina on May 16.