Good, but not good enough.
The Sudbury Wolves managed to take four points out of a possible six last weekend, but it wasn’t pretty. The Wolves dug themselves holes every game, but showed plenty of bite by battling back to earn at least one point in all the games.
It was good, but not good enough. The Wolves came back to bounce Barrie last Friday 5-3. They lost back-to-back overtime games against Owen Sound and Mississauga, but players showed a never-say-die attitude and scored late goals to help garner a few points. But both games ended with a Wolves player sitting in the penalty box.
Costly, the games were decided by power-play goals.
“We took way too many penalties and had too many turnovers and breakdowns,” Sudbury head coach Paul Fixter said. “It cost us.”
There isn’t a coach who doesn’t want to rip his hair out when it comes to players taking costly and untimely penalties. Fixter isn’t any different. Against Owen Sound, the Wolves took 10.
“Penalties are one thing, but slashing, hooking, tripping and interference, those types of penalties 200 feet away from our net are unacceptable,” Fixter said.
He credited his Wolves for showing heart in all three games, despite some costly mistakes.
“There’s no quit in this team, obviously,” the coach said.
Averaging more than five goals per game last weekend, the team has punch up front, but defence is still an area that needs work, Fixter said.
“We have to be committed to doing the job defensively, too,” Fixter said.
Fixter chats live
Drop by NorthernLife.ca at noon on Oct. 7 as Scott Haddow chats with Wolves head coach Paul Fixter live in our studio on Elgin Street. We’ll be taking your questions for leader of the Pack. Tweet your questions using the hashtag #wolvesquestions.