Blackburn Hawks – TC Cars Solihull Barons




With the semi-finals of the EIHA Midlands Cup already decided, Sunday’s final round robin game between the TC Cars Solihull Barons and the Blackburn Hawks was something of a dead rubber game though both sides would want the win. The Barons to help offset the previous evening’s disappointment of coming so close at the Solway Sharks the previous evening and the Hawks to get some positives from what has been a poor season by their standards.

Rich Slater awaits the rebound (J&K Davies)

The Barons were first to score Niklas Ottosson making the most of support from Callum Bowley for goal number 1. Some fisticuffs then ensued between Phil Mulcahy and Petr Valusiak. While both were sent to the box for 4, Valusiak soon had company when James Royds was sent to join to serve two minutes for hooking and giving the Barons the man advantage. This was not wasted and the Solihull powerplay line delivered, Rich Slater getting the final touch for Solihull’s second.

Things get a bit heated (J&K Davies)

Early in the second period the Hawks James Neil got one back for the home side to cut the Barons margin to a single goal while further scuffles would occur between the two sides just before the half hour mark as Callum Bowley and Joe Greaves tangled. This seemed to boost the Barons that bit more and two further quick goals came Solihull’s way. Either side of the half hour mark the Barons pulled further ahead – Niklas Ottosson and Matt Maurice finding the net. The Hawks however kept the Barons in touch, Joe Greaves with a powerplay goal in the final minute of the second.

Callum Bowley fends off Lee Pollitt (J&K Davies)

While the Barons would outshoot the Hawks in the final 20, the home side would make the shots they had count. Petr Valusiak and James Riddoch pulled Blackburn level early on and with five minutes to go Aaron Davies put Hawks into the lead for the first time in evening. With Barons goalie sam Hewitt pulled Solihull looked for the equaliser but when the puck fell to James Royds stick the Blackburn player found the empty net to seal things for Blackburn.

The Barons have more action this weekend. On Saturday they travel to Sheffield to play the Sutton Sting in a fixture brought forward to an earlier 4:30pm face-off. On Sunday Solihull return to home ice and take on league leaders the Solway Sharks for what could be the most closely fought game at Hobs Moat this season. Face-off 5:30pm.


Niklas Ottosson (J&K Davies)
Barons Man of the Match Niklas Ottosson



Date Time League Season
January 5, 2020 5:30 pm NIHL Cup 2019/20


Blackburn Hawks0246
Solihull Barons2204

Blackburn Hawks

Position G A PIM SA GA SV

Solihull Barons

# Player Position G A PIM SA GA SV
3Marcus MaynardDefence010000
4Dave RogersDefence012000
6Richard CroweDefence000000
8Paul StanleyOffence010000
15Matt MauriceOffence100000
16Andy WhitehouseOffence000000
17Richard SlaterOffence100000
24Philip MulcahyOffence004000
25Daniel BrittleGoalie00012012
26Adam BrittleOffence000000
31Sam HewittGoalie00028523
36Henry AdamsOffence000000
72Callum BowleyOffence024000
77Andrew HaywardDefence000000
79Tom SoarOffence010000
81James MoellerDefence000000
91Niklas OttossonOffence220000
97Ruskin HughesOffence002000
 Total 481240535


Blackburn Arena
113 Lower Audley St, Blackburn, Blackburn, Blackburn with Darwen BB2, UK