The Direct Taxis Solihull Barons emerged victorious in a comfortable win over NIHL South 2 side the Haringey Huskies on Saturday evening in what was the Hobs Moat side’s first game in over 500 days.
The London team would however be the ones to christen the scoresheet. After less than two minutes of the puck drop as Haringey forward James Pentecost slotted the puck beyond Graham Laverick for the Huskies first. On the eighth minute however a short handed Barons line caught the Huskies of guard, with Callum Bowley drawing the sides level once more. Six minutes later and Barons debutants Brodie Jesson and James Smith combined to put the Barons into the lead and by period end Phil Mulcahy had knocked in Solihull’s third.
Elliot Farrell marked his return to The Barons with a goal on the 33rd minute and the Barons lead was extended further via a powerplay goal from Phil Mulcahy. The Barons were then pegged back before period end – Stephen Woodford with a powerplay goal for the Huskies.
Squabbles toward the end of the second period gave the Huskies the man advantage after the resulting coincidental penalties had run out. Woodford took his chance and once more converted for Haringey at the start of the final 20. While the Barons advantage was now a slender 2 goals, the tide shifted back once more in favour of Solihull, the two-line Huskies running out of legs against the near full bench Barons contingent. Four Barons goals in 5 minutes rounded off the tie with Henry Adams, Matt Maurice, Dan Mulcahy and Tom Soar all finding the net to pad out the Solihull scoresheet.
The two sides meet again on Sunday, this time in Solihull and a hockey-starved home contingent will be looking for more of the same come puck-drop at Hobs Moat.
Barons man of the match : Elliot Farrell
|September 4, 2021||5:30 pm||Friendlies & Challenges||2021/22|