TC Cars Solihull Barons : 2
Billingham Stars : 3
After a string of heavy defeats the Barons would consider themselves disappointed to not pick up at least a share of the points against a determined Billingham Stars on Saturday.
The first period had the two sides fairly evenly balanced, disruptive play in neutral ice breaking up attacks with long cross ice passes continually cut out by defensive pokes. The only goal of the period came to the Stars. With the Barons taking a penalty in their own end negating an earlier Stars penalty Billingham made the most of the space from the face-off to gift Craig Thurston the opener over a sprawled Sam Hewitt in the Solihull net. Despite some late period powerplays the Barons failed to convert leaving a 1-0 scoreline in favour of the Stars after the first twenty. More here