TC Cars Solihull Barons – Milton Keynes Thunder

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Recap

TC Cars Solihull Barons : 10
Milton Keynes Thunder : 4

Despite the sun beaming down and temperatures outside in the high 20s, ice hockey is back with us and the TC Cars Solihull Barons began their pre-season with a convincing win over the Milton Keynes Thunder in a challenge tie on Sunday evening.

Rich Crowe sends Zac Chamberlain flying (J&K Davies)

For the Barons it was a chance to shake off the Summer and see how some of their off season signings would fit into their lines. For the Thunder, having been heavily reconstructed over the Summer, it was a chance to help gel their squad, built from the remnants of last season’s team, step-ups from their under 18s and signings from the now defunct NIHL Coventry Blaze.

Stanley strikes from ice level (J&K Davies)

The Barons began the game physically, picking up a number of penalties with the opening goal of the game off a resulting MK powerplay being slotted in after twelve minutes by the Thunder’s Luke Curtis. A bit of a squabble between the Barons Elliott Perrin and the Thunder’s Callum Medcalf would follow before Solihull found the net for the first time courtesy of an Adam Brittle solo effort on 17 minutes with Paul Stanley adding to the Barons scoring by period end.

Elliot Perrin gets the better of Callum Medcalf (J&K Davies)

Into the second period and the Barons began to stretch their legs and keep the scoreboard ticking over. Just after 27 minutes, new signing Callum Bowley opened his scoring for Solihull with a shot under Graham Laverick for the Barons number three. On the half hour mark Solihull got their fourth. As a Thunder powerplay ended, a Dave Rogers pass from D found an unmarked Paul Stanley, emerging over the boards who duly used the space given to find the net.

Sam clears (J&K Davies)

The Barons scoring continued freely for much of the rest of the period; Andy Whitehouse with a floated shot on a powerplay for number 5 before a peach from Callum Bowley skating at pace into the Thunder zone and releasing a well aimed shot into the corner of the Thunder net on 38 minutes.

A strong debut for Callum Bowley with a part in half of the Barons goals for the evening (J&K Davies)

Bowley would complete his hat-trick with a near identical strike early in the third, while Adie Brittle would shortly after skate circles round the Thunder D before passing to Paul Stanley for Solihull’s goal 8. A bit of a spinaroo from Matt Maurice got Solihull’s number 9 with ten minutes to go before the Barons entered double figures via what was probably the goal of the night.

Captain Josh Bruce was back after missing much of the end of last season with injury and suspension (J&K Davies)

Chasing down an MK puck dump into the Solihull end, Richard Crowe beat his challenger before skating round the back of his own net and racing back up the ice, unleashing an unstoppable rocket of a shot as he flew into the Thunder zone.

As the Barons eased off, the Thunder picked up three late goals in the final minutes, but in the end it was a convincing win for Solihull.

The Barons preseason continues on Sunday when they take on another team from the Southern divisions when they take on the Harringey Huskies. Face-off 5:30pm.

Barons Man of the Match, Paul Stanley, (J&K Davies)
Barons Man of the Match, Paul StanleY

 

Thunder Man of the Match, Tom Stephens (J&K Davies)
Thunder Man Of the Match, Tom Stephens

 

gamesheet

Details

Date Time League Season
August 25, 2019 5:30 pm Friendlies & Challenges 2019/20

Results

Team1st2nd3rdT
TC Cars Solihull Barons24410
Milton Keynes Thunder1034

TC Cars Solihull Barons

# Player Position G A PIM SA GA SV
3Marcus MaynardDefence000000
4Dave RogersDefence010000
6Richard CroweDefence100000
8Paul StanleyOffence202000
10Dan HarrisonDefence002000
14Elliot PerrinDefence118000
15Matt MauriceOffence118000
16Andy WhitehouseOffence122000
25Daniel BrittleGoalie0001239
26Adam BrittleOffence130000
31Sam HewittGoalie00021120
40Josh BruceOffence010000
72Callum BowleyOffence322000
77Andrew HaywardDefence014000
81James MoellerDefence000000
 Total 10122833429

Milton Keynes Thunder

Position G A PIM SA GA SV
 4414571047

Venue

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