Barons swipe away Scimitars in confident display

Zoo Accounting Solihull Barons : 7
Sheffield Scimitars : 1

The Zoo Accounting Solihull Barons put on a strong showing on Sunday evening in a confident display over a Sheffield Scimitars side still struggling to get their 2022-23 season going.

Phil Mulcahy tumbles (S Crampton)

With 8 minutes gone Solihull looked to have opened the scoring when Marcus Maynard picked up a poor clearance by Sheffield and his resulting shot was only parried as far as Niklas Ottosson who tapped home. Celebrations were premature and the goal was disallowed as the puck had come off the board above the nets earlier in the play. Four minutes later and the Barons would finally get the goal they had been seeking as again a long range Maynard shot was blocked, with the puck falling again to Niklas Ottosson who this time swept the rubber across the crease for an expectant Phil Mulcahy on the back post to tap home. Almost immediately off the restart the Barons doubled their lead, Matt Maurice this time being the beneficiary of another Ottosson feed. More…

Leepy looks ahead to Sheffield tie

Your Zoo Accounting Solihull Barons are back in action this weekend, with their opening home tie on Sunday evening against the Sheffield Scimitars. The Barons have come away from their two opening ties with half the points in a pair of evenly balanced games against sides with distinctly different approaches.

For head coach Phil Lee it was a chance to size up some of the opposition and help the players start to really adapt to each other and the systems put in place for 22-23. For the coach, the games offered up insights into some areas which may need developing over the next few weeks and months but also highlighted some very strong positives in terms of a highly committed team with some strong individual performances.

Sam Prosser stretches for the puck (J&K Davies)

Speaking of the Blackburn game, Lee was pleased to get the win after a Blackburn comeback threatened to undo an early Barons lead :

“I thought it was time to give you a little insight into the first two league games we have now played so far this season. So our first league game was away to Blackburn who are a team much like ourselves with a number of new players added to the roster with players leaving and deciding to move teams. With a number of players missing from our team, the guys had to work hard to pull off the 4-3 win. The team is adjusting to new systems to cater for the loss of fire power up front, and we have adapted a more defensive strategy. First period saw a 1-0 scoreline with a goal from Richard Slater, period two saw another 1-0 scoreline with a goal scored by Richard Crowe. Going into the third period, we had a lapse of concentration in the last 10 minutes of the game and Blackburn managed to pull 3 goals back giving them a 3-2 lead. To stop the Blackburn momentum we called a time out and decided to play our third line against their first line to mix the lines up, which paid dividends with James Moeller getting the equalising goal. Our work on powerplays paid off with the winning powerplay goal scored with 1.44 to go scored by Richard Slater once again. Sam was excellent in goal and kept us in the game. The overall team performance showed excellent discipline and commitment and the team showed great character to come back at the end when Blackburn showed all of the momentum in the third period. Continue reading “Leepy looks ahead to Sheffield tie”

Zoo Accounting join Barons as headline sponsor

The Solihull Barons are delighted to announce Zoo Accounting as our Headline Sponsor for this season. Locally based Zoo Accounting offer tailored, client focused accountancy services with particular emphasis on helping entrepreneurs, SMEs and those in the construction sector to streamline and optimise their financial processing through XERO based digital services.

Barons chair Dave Hayward was very satisfied with the signing of the partnership deal with Zoo Accounting

“We as a club are extremely grateful for the support of Zoo Accounting as our Headline Sponsor for the 2022/23 season particularly given the challenging financial times we find ourselves. Not only is the financial support very welcome but the accounting services they are also providing us will be a great help to our Treasurer and enable us to run the club efficiently from a financial point of view. The cost of living crisis has impacted on all of and ice hockey is being severely affected with ice time and travel costs increasing rapidly since the end of the pandemic and other world events. The financial support from Zoo Accounting is significant in us being able to support the team off the ice so they can perform on it.

After meeting Wayne & Zeta I can tell you they are really excited to be watching their first Barons game in September and we are looking forward to welcoming to the Solihull Rink to watch team which will be named the ‘Zoo Accounting Solihull Barons’ Continue reading “Zoo Accounting join Barons as headline sponsor”