TC Cars Solihull Barons – Billingham Stars

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Recap

TC Cars Solihull Barons : 4
Billingham Stars : 5

Despite having had a disappointing 17-18 season, the Billingham Stars had shown themselves keen to bounce back this year. A spirited and narrow loss to league title holders the Sheffield Steeldogs on Saturday night showed that nothing could be taken for granted from the Teeside team and so it would prove for the Barons.

Niklas Ottosson would get a “Gordie Howe” hat-trick, with a goal, an assist and a fight (S Crampton)

The first five minutes of the game was played almost exclusively in the Barons end with the visitors continually testing the Solihull defence and netminder Sam Hewitt. On eight minutes the visitors would make the most of a late-hit penalty called on Barons captain Josh Bruce when James Moss flicked the puck over Hewitt’s blocker for the evening’s opener.

Dave Rogers leans in on matchwinner Ethan Hehir (S Crampton)

The Barons would get more into the game as the period went on – Josh Bruce, Filip Supa and Niklas Ottosson all with opportunities, while tempers flared as pleasantries were exchanged between Solihull’s Andy Whitehouse and the Stars Cain Taylor on 15 minutes. The scoreboard however would continue to show the visitors a goal to nil up as the sides hit the dressing rooms.

Sam Hewitt and the Barons D put up a frantic defence. (S Crampton)

If the first period had been a bit stingy on the scoring, then the same could not be said of the second. By two minutes in the visitors had extended their lead, Jack Davies leading a 3 on 1 breakaway for number two and Edgar Protchenko making the most of a wide open back door to shoot over a sprawled Hewitt for number 3. Almost immediately after this Niklas Ottosson got the Barons opener before Josh Bruce brought the Barons back to within a one goal deficit with a neat effort, biding his time while skating across the Stars goal mouth for Solihull’s number 2 in the 27th minute. The visitors struck back quickly however as Chris Sykes poked the puck through Hewitt’s pads to ease out the Star’s cushion once more and leave the Barons two goals behind as the final twenty minutes approached.

A tangle of bodies as the officals try to untangle Adam Brittle and James Moss (S Crampton)

The final period began well for Solihull as Dan Harrison on the powerplay jabbed the puck in from inches in a crowded goal crease to trim the Stars advantage to a single goal. This cushion was then wiped out on the 48th minute as gritty solo play from Luke Brittle got the Barons equaliser, the Solihull forward waiting for Billingham netminder James Flavell to commit before picking his spot for number four.

Tempers frayed towards the end of the game (S Crampton)

Home hopes of at least a point would then be dashed as Ethan Hehir for the Stars picked up a rebound on 51 minutes for what would be the final goal of the night. A line brawl in the final three minutes gave Barons a net powerplay once the penalties had been balanced out but there sadly would be no oppportunity to turn this into something more tangible.

The final few minutes saw the Barons scramble for an equaliser. (S Crampton)

The Barons are back on the home ice on Sunday when they face the Nottingham Lions. While the Lions are many people’s tip for the league wooden spoon, the Nottingham side have always brought their ‘A’ game to Hobs Moat and the Barons advantage on paper has not always converted to points in the bank. Face-off 6:00pm.

Barons Man of the Match, Josh Bruce (S Crampton)

Solihull Barons Man of the Match, Josh Bruce

Stars Man of the Match, James Flavell, S Crampton

Billingham Stars Man of the Match, James Flavell

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NEXT HOME GAME – THIS SUNDAY

Details

Date Time League Season
September 2, 2018 6:00 pm Moralee Division 2019

Results

Team1st2nd3rdT
TC Cars Solihull Barons0224
Billingham Stars1315

TC Cars Solihull Barons

# Player Position G A PIM SA GA SV
3Marcus MaynardDefence0036000
4Dave RogersDefence000000
6Richard CroweDefence000000
10Dan HarrisonDefence110000
11Edward EatonOffence000000
13Steve CroweDefence000000
16Andy WhitehouseOffence014000
22Elliot FarrellOffence000000
26Adam BrittleOffence000000
28Josh NichollsGoalie000000
31Sam HewittGoalie00035530
40Josh BruceOffence114000
77Luke BrittleOffence100000
89Filip SupaOffence000000
91Niklas OttossonOffence114000
96Stephen HeapeOffence000000
 Total 444835530

Billingham Stars

Position G A PIM SA GA SV
 567140436

Venue

Silver Blades Solihull Ice Rink
Hobs Moat Rd, Solihull B92 8JN