Solihull Barons – Blackburn Hawks



The Direct Taxis Solihull Barons have secured their place in the Moralee Cup semi-finals with a final period demolition of the Blackburn Hawks in a tie which confirms the Barons as topping the Midlands qualifying group. This win sets up a two-legged semi-final against the runner-up in the Northern group over the weekend of the 11th and 12th December.

Andy Whitehouse scores (S Crampton)

Against the Hawks, the Barons found the net within the first couple of minutes of the tie – a fast break by Niklas Ottosson down the right hand wing was squared back to Dan Mulcahy who fired home from 3 metres out. Callum Bowley eased out the lead on the powerplay after 6 minutes, the Solihull forward slotting the puck in deftly on the glove side from just shy of the goal line line, after looking as though he was going to round the net. While the Barons were generally ahead on the play there would be no further scoring and the teams would head to the dressing rooms with Solihull maintaining a two goal lead.

Richard Slater can’t find a way through on net (S Crampton)

The Hawks would counter quickly in the second – with less than thirty seconds on the clock Jacob Lutwyche threaded the puck through a crowded goal mouth to get the Lancashire side on the scoreboard. The Hawks would be the side on the up for much of the first half of the middle period, preventing the Barons from sustaining pressure on the Blackburn goal while making Sam Hewitt work hard at the other end of the ice. The Barons would however be next to score, Paul Stanley sprinting up the left wing before crossing to Andy Whitehouse to restore Solihull’s two goal cushion. The plumpness of that upholstery thinned quickly however with the Hawks countering after a little more than a minute, Lee Pollitt with the goal. Matt Maurice rapidly pushed the Barons lead out once more, waiting in space, he made the most of a Callum Bowley feed as the no 72 balletically circled through the Hawks defence to create the opening for Maurice.

Paul Stanley keeps the puck beyond the Hawks (S Crampton)

Into the third period and the Barons 5th came on 44 minutes courtesy of Matt Maurice, his pass from behind the net being deflected in by the skate of Hawks goalie Michael Rogers. A minute later Tom Soar pushed the advantage out further with goal number 6. With 8 minutes of the period to go Callum Bowley got the Barons 7th off of a feed from Tom Soar up the right hand wing. The goals kept coming for the Barons, a partly smothered Paul Stanley shot trickling in under the Hawks goalie for number 8, while Callum Bowley made the most of Barons pressure for number 9. Dan Mulcahy topped and tailed the Solihull scoring taking the Barons into double figures in the final couple of minutes of the tie.

Callum Bowley celebrates his first of a three goal night for him (S Crampton)

The Barons are off to Tyneside next week for what should be a closely contested tie against the Whitley Warriors on Sunday. They will then return to home ice on the 21st November when they play host to the Billingham Stars in a league tie.

Callum Bowley (S Crampton)
Barons Man of the Match, Callum Bowley


Jacob Lutwyche(S Crampton)
HAWKS Man of the Match, Jacob Lutwyche




Date Time League Season
November 7, 2021 5:30 pm NIHL Cup 2021/22


Solihull Barons22610
Blackburn Hawks0202

Solihull Barons

# Player Position G A PIM SA GA SV
3Marcus MaynardDefence012000
5Jordan StokesDefence000000
6Richard CroweDefence000000
8Paul StanleyOffence110000
15Matt MauriceOffence210000
16Andy WhitehouseOffence110000
17Richard SlaterOffence000000
23Daniel MulcahyOffence200000
24Philip MulcahyOffence010000
31Sam HewittGoalie000000
35Graham LaverickGoalie000000
51Ash CalvertOffence000000
72Callum BowleyOffence332000
77Andrew HaywardDefence012000
79Tom SoarOffence130000
81James MoellerDefence010000
91Niklas OttossonOffence032000
55Bailey ChallansDefence002000
 Total 101610000

Blackburn Hawks

Position G A PIM SA GA SV


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