Solihull Barons v The Dragons

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Recap

Airport Placements Ltd Solihull Barons : 3
The Dragons : 6

Niklas Ottosson goes very close
Niklas Ottosson goes very close (Steve Crampton)

The Airport Placements Ltd Solihull Barons suffered a disappointing first defeat of the season to the newly promoted Dragons on Sunday evening, though much of the credit must go to the well-drilled and hungry visitors.

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Rich Slater had a frustrating evening (Steve Crampton)

The ice had barely been marked by the players’ skates before the scoreboard was registering goals by both sides. The Barons opened the scoring with only 31 seconds on the clock, Joe Henry finding Josh Bruce waiting on the Dragons back post for a simple opener. Within a minute the Dragons had pulled things back as Filip Supa came round the goal to shoot low and through the legs of Josh Nicholls in the Barons net. By 10 minutes the Barons were back on top, Matt Maurice barging the Dragons defence off the puck in front of their own net before calmly slotting home. This would quickly be countered by Markus Kankaanranta to bring the Dragons level once more and by period end it would be the Dragons who would be on top, Kankaanranta breaking away and shooting high on Nicholls glove side for Deeside’s number 3.

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Collisions in front of the Dragons bench (Steve Crampton)

The second period had the Barons a man down for much of the twenty minutes through a series of minor penalties and it would be the Dragons who would exploit their man advantage, Filip Supa scoring once more on a powerplay chance putting the Barons two goals down. A Joe Henry shot from just outside the crease with two minutes of the period to go would bring the Barons back into touching distance going into the final third.

 Dale White and John Nicholls try to hold the line (Steve Crampton)
Josh Nicholls and Dale White try to hold the line (Steve Crampton)

The final period would start badly for the Barons, James Parsons once more returning the Dragon’s advantage to two goals within a minute of the restart. The Barons would continue to push but in reality most of the play was happening at the wrong end of the ice for them. With the deficit still at two goals and with a couple of minutes to go, Solihull pulled their netminder in favour of another attacker but with the puck finding its way to the Barons end of the ice and the Dragons getting hold of the rubber a sixth goal was inevitable to give a disappointing result for the Barons.

Barons Man of the Match Niklas Ottosson
Barons Man of the Match Niklas Ottosson (Steve Crampton)

The Barons now face a long weekend away travelling up to Dumfries on Saturday to take on league high flyers the Solway Sharks before battling last seasons champions, the Blackburn Hawks, on the way back down on Sunday. The season then enters a bit of a lull for the Barons before they return to home ice on Sunday 23rd October to once more take on the Dragons.

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Before the game a cheque for £500 was presented to MacMillan Cancer care on behalf of the Barons (Steve Crampton)
Before the game a cheque for £500 was presented to MacMillan Cancer Support on behalf of the Barons (Steve Crampton)

APOLOGIES

The APL Solihull Barons would like to apologise to all our supporters; sponsors; Dragons supporters; the Youth Group and the rink staff if they were affected by the incident that happened after the final whistle last night.

This behaviour will not be tolerated and the team will take internal actions to discipline those involved.

Thanks for your continued support


Elsewhere in the league :

Whitley Warriors 3 : 3 Telford Tigers

Details

Date Time League Season
September 25, 2016 6:00 pm Moralee Division 2016/17

Results

Team1st2nd3rdT
TC Cars Solihull Barons2103
The Dragons3126

TC Cars Solihull Barons

# Player Position G A PIM SA GA SV
4Dave RogersDefence000000
6Richard CroweDefence000000
7Joe HenryOffence110000
15Matt MauriceOffence1012000
16Andy WhitehouseOffence000000
14Tomas JanakDefence002000
17Richard SlaterOffence004000
21Dale WhiteDefence006000
22Phil KnightDefence010000
26Paul DaviesOffence002000
27Kieran PappsDefence000000
28Josh NichollsGoalie00051546
40Josh BruceOffence110000
44Elliot FarrellOffence000000
77Jacob SmithDefence000000
79Tom SoarOffence000000
81James MoellerDefence000000
83Brandon AndertonOffence000000
91Niklas OttossonOffence010000
 Total 342651546

The Dragons

Position G A PIM SA GA SV
 66843340

Venue

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