Solihull Barons vs Blackburn Hawks

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Recap

BARONS FINISH LEAGUE IN PLAY-OFF SPOT

AIRPORT PLACEMENTS LIMITED SOLIHULL BARONS : 4
BLACKBURN HAWKS : 6

Sunday marked Perry Doyle's last game in front of the Hobs Moat faithful (Steve Crampton)
Sunday marked Perry Doyle’s last game in front of the Hobs Moat faithful (Steve Crampton)

The APL Solihull Barons concluded their league season with a defeat at home to last season’s double winners the Blackburn Hawks. With both sides effectively qualified for the play-offs the tie served to help settle third and fourth in the leage and with that the seedings for next month’s play-offs.

Ryan Selwood got in a tussle early in the game (Steve Crampton)
Ryan Selwood got in a tussle early in the game (Steve Crampton)

The first period was scoreless, both sides having opportunities but neither taking the opportunity to convert. A scuffle involving Josh Bruce and Ryan Selwood would see the Barons facing a two minute 5 on 3 penalty kill which the home side successfully defended.

Matt Maurice lines up his penalty shot (Steve Crampton)
Matt Maurice lines up his penalty shot (Steve Crampton)

It was the Hawks who would score first, Matt Maurice, having been pulled down on a breakway, was awarded a penalty shot which the youngster happily converted a minute or so before the half way point of the game. The Hawks were however quickly back in the game, Jozef Istocy stealing the puck on a Barons powerplay to breakaway and get a short handed equaliser for the visitors. The Barons would regain the lead thnaks to a shot from the slot by Joe Henry though this to would quickly be cancelled out, Philip Mulcahy looping the puck over Barons goalie Connor Randby for the Hawks second. The visitors would then go ahead for the first time in the night, Istocy and Richard Bentham playing a neat passing play for the go-ahead goal.

Barons crowd the Hawks goal (Steve Crampton)
Barons crowd the Hawks goal (Steve Crampton)

The final period would begin with Mulcahy easing out a cushion for the visitors, though this would be pegged to a single goal advantage by Rich Slater picking up a rebound for the Barons third goal. The Hawks would however put the game out of reach for the Barons as Istocy notched up his second and third goals of the night. Joe Henry would see the game out with a consolation goal for the Barons to see things 6-4 in favour of the Hawks.

Tango, Foxtrot or Waltz ? Perry and Reece Cairney-Witter play it for laughs as their "dance" becomes a dance ! (Steve Crampton)
Tango, Foxtrot or Waltz ? Perry and Reece Cairney-Witter play it for laughs as their “dance” becomes a dance ! (Steve Crampton)

The Barons home season is now over and preparations have begun for the Play-offs on the 8th and 9th April. With the Barons confirmed in fourth place in the league they will face the task of taking on the league winners the Solway Sharks for a place in the final.

Barons man of the match, Matt Maurice (Steve Crampton)
Barons Man of the Match, Matt Maurice (Steve Crampton)
Hawks Man of the Match Philip Mulcahy (Steve Crampton)
Hawks Man of the Match, Philip Mulcahy (Steve Crampton)

gamesheet


ELSEWHERE IN THE LEAGUE

Deeside Dragons : 4 – 4 : Solway Sharks
Billingham Stars : 3 – 6 : Whitley Warriors

Details

Date Time League Season
March 26, 2017 6:00 pm Moralee Division 2017

Results

Team1st2nd3rdT
TC Cars Solihull Barons0224
Blackburn Hawks0336

TC Cars Solihull Barons

# Player Position G A PIM SA GA SV
4Dave RogersDefence002000
6Richard CroweDefence004000
7Joe HenryOffence200000
8Ryan SelwoodDefence006000
14Tomas JanakDefence020000
15Matt MauriceOffence100000
16Andy WhitehouseOffence010000
17Richard SlaterOffence100000
22Phil KnightDefence002000
24Perry DoyleDefence010000
27Kieran PappsDefence000000
28Connor RanbyGoalie00030327
31Sam HewittGoalie00020317
40Josh BruceOffence012000
44Elliot FarrellOffence000000
77Jacob SmithDefence000000
79Tom SoarOffence000000
83Brandon AndertonOffence000000
91Niklas OttossonOffence012000
96Stephen HeapeOffence000000
96Stuart ClaytonDefence000000
 Total 461850644

Blackburn Hawks

Position G A PIM SA GA SV
 64854450

Venue

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