The Pack came up just short in Derek MacKenzie’s debut behind the bench, falling 4-3 to the Barrie Colts in Nov. 18 gameplay at the Sudbury arena.
Though the Colts’ Chris Grisolia had a fast and furious goal just five minutes in, Sudbury’s David Goyette countered quickly, scoring his first of two goals for the night and his 11th of the season. He then picked up the assist for Quentin Musty, picking up one for the Wolves to give a one-goal lead.
Then a two-goal lead as Goyette nabbed his second scorer of the game, but that lead got less comfortable after Barrie’s Jack York, with assists from Connor Punnet and Beau Jelsma, brought the score to 3-2.
An intense first period saw eight penalties, with Barrie slapped with interference, boarding, roughing and fighting charges, and Sudbury returning with high sticking, hooking, fighting, and cross checking
A scoreless second period kept up the rough stuff with Barrie’s Jelsma getting a hooking call, and Cooper Matthews serving for too many men on ice.
More penalties in the third for Barrie, with Chisholm’s tripping call and Punnet for delay of game, but that didn’t stop the Colts’ Evan Vierling and Grisolia from picking up two more goals from Sudbury’s netminder Joe Ranger, who made 28 saves to Barrie’s 42.
The double-header weekend continues when the Pack hosts the Kingston Frontenacs Sunday at 2:05 p.m.