TC Cars Solihull Barons – Blackburn Hawks

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Recap

TC Cars Solihull Barons : 13
Blackburn Hawks : 5
EIHA Midlands Cup

The TC Cars Solihull Barons continued their impressive early season form with a convincing Midlands Cup win over the Blackburn Hawks on Sunday in a high scoring game which flowed both ways at times but with the tide always with the Barons.

Philip Mulcahy and Petr Lusiask tumble (S Crampton)

The Barons got off to a quick start as Andy Whitehouse fed the puck to Ruskin Hughes three minutes after the puck drop, the Solihull #97 slotting the puck between the pads of a butterflying Niks Trapans. Solihull doubled their advantage after twelve minutes thanks to a powerplay opportunity, Dave Rogers finding Adie Brittle skating in on the left hand side for the Barons second. As the period wore on however the Hawks began to exert their own pressure, keeping Sam Hewitt in the Solihull net busy and pinning back the Barons offence. The score however would remain unchanged and Solihull headed to the dressing at the end of the first twenty minutes, two goals to the good.

Daniel Harrison got a spectacular individual goal (S Crampton)

By contrast to the Blackburn pressure play at the end of the first period the second began with a flurry of Solihull goals, the home side finding the net no less than four times in two minutes. The first of these was a Daniel Mulcahy effort which was juggled over Trapans, for the Barons third. Within seconds of the restart Adam Brittle had poked the puck round a prone Trapans for number four and Matt Maurice added number five on a breakaway. The final goal of the quartet was perhaps the sweetest as Niklas Ottosson simultaneously bluffed his way through two Blackburn D-men before passing to Tom Soar for the finish.

Henry Adams had a solid first game in a Barons shirt (S Crampton)

This flurry of unanswered scoring forced the Blackburn bench into calling a timeout which did the trick, not only stemming the Barons goal flood but sparking a revival for the Lancashire side. On 23 minutes a Barons defensive lapse allowed Hawk James Royds in on goal and a minute later team mate Petr Valusiak was gifted the time and space to slot the puck over Sam Hewitt’s blocker. Two more Blackburn goals courtesy of Jared Dickinson and James Riddoch would follow before the half hour mark to see Solihull’s once convincing six goal buffer cut to two. With five minutes to go the Barons eased out once more, Daniel Harrison with a short handed breakaway, managing to find the net despite carrying a Blackburn d-man piggy-back for much of the attack. By period end the Barons were back to four goals to the good as Matt Maurice converted for Solihull’s eighth of the evening.

Adam Brittle going in on goal (S Crampton)

The Barons started the final period racking up a series of back to back two minute minor penalties. The Hawks taking the chance with one of these to add to their tally – Royds doing the scoring. The Barons however had their measure even short-handed, 17 year old debutante Henry Adams breaking away before passing to Tom Soar to push out the Solihull cushion to four goals once more.

Sam Hewitt was kept busy for spells during the game (S Crampton)

The Barons would move into double figures with eight minutes left as a Tom Soar shot from the point took a deflection en route to the Blackburn net. This would signal another bundle of Barons goals as the Hawks seemed unable to respond – Tom Soar, Ruskin Hughes and Daniel Mulcahy all making sure of personal multi-goal nights.

Strong performances from the Mulcahy brothers again (S Crampton)

The Barons are back at Hobs Moat Road this Sunday for another Midlands Cup tie. This time they will face off against the Sheffield based Sutton Sting. With the two sides still undefeated in the Cup and yet to meet in the league, the game will be an important one not only for Cup seeding but also for league psychology. Face off 5:30pm, Sunday 10th November.

Tom Soar (S Crampton)

Barons Man of the Match, Tom Soar

James Royds (S Crampton)

Hawks Man of the Match, James Royds

gamesheet

Details

Date Time League Season
November 3, 2019 5:30 pm NIHL Midlands Cup 2019/20

Results

Team1st2nd3rdT
TC Cars Solihull Barons26513
Blackburn Hawks0415

TC Cars Solihull Barons

# Player Position G A PIM SA GA SV
3Marcus MaynardDefence0020000
4Dave RogersDefence012000
6Richard CroweDefence024000
10Dan HarrisonDefence110000
15Matt MauriceOffence200000
16Andy WhitehouseOffence010000
17Richard SlaterOffence000000
23Daniel MulcahyOffence210000
24Philip MulcahyOffence022000
25Daniel BrittleGoalie000000
26Adam BrittleOffence234000
31Sam HewittGoalie00045540
36Henry AdamsOffence010000
41Tomas JanakDefence014000
77Andrew HaywardDefence000000
79Tom SoarOffence402000
81James MoellerDefence000000
91Niklas OttossonOffence010000
97Ruskin HughesOffence220000
 Total 13163845540

Blackburn Hawks

Position G A PIM SA GA SV
 5714401327

Venue

Planet Ice Solihull Ice Rink
Hobs Moat Rd, Solihull B92 8JN