Solihull Barons – Nottingham Lions



The Direct Taxis Solihull Barons had to battle hard to earn a victory against a determined and defensively energetic Nottingham Lions on Sunday evening in a tie much closer than many would have predicted. With the skating several strides faster and the checks that bit harder, it was clear early on that the Barons dial had been turned up a notch or two from the pre-seasonal Huskies games the weekend before.

The Lions 2nd – goal or not ? (J&K Davies)

The visitors were the first to find the space to finish with Callum Worthington-Evans making the most of a counter attack for the Lions first, a little after two minutes. The Barons returned the compliment just after six minutes with a rapid Brodie Jesson tearing up the left wing before rattling the puck in off the Lions cross-bar to tie things up. Two minutes later and the Barons took the lead, a neat feed from Richard Crowe being picked up by Dan Mulcahy for Solihull’s 2nd. The rest of the period would see the Barons pushing, only to face stout Lions defence which would only be broken with a minute to go. Tom Soar took advantage of a powerplay man advantage to float the puck above the blocker of Lions goalie, Luca Sheldon, for the Barons third.

Marcus Maynard adds presence in the Lions end (J&K Davies)

A minute into the 2nd and the Lions pulled one back on the Barons as goal mouth disorder allowed the puck to slip round a supine Graham Laverick. With 28 minutes gone the Barons restored their two goal buffer as Andy Whitehouse fired the puck home from the slot. A sequential minor high sticks penalty against the Lions offered a further chance for Solihull to ease their lead out. Cyclic passing by the Barons powerplay unit opened gaps in the Lions defence to convert the first of these into a goal, Tom Soar with the final touch to give Solihull five.

Richard Slater takes a tumble (J&K Davies)

The third period would continue the general pattern of Barons pressure being soaked up by the Lions, the visitors chasing the puck carrier and clogging the path to net whenever the Barons got close on goal. This stalemate would be broken with eight minutes to go as James Smith made the most of a goal mouth scramble for Solihull’s sixth. The Lions bounced back quickly as a cheap Barons penalty gave the Lions the man advantage – Tom Dermott doing the damage with a Lions goal. With less than two minutes to go, another soft penalty was given away by the Barons and the Lions pounced again, Alex Cleves this time, to close to only two goals. Ultimately however Solihull would edge it in a close game whose scoreline went against historic form.

The Barons are back on home ice this Sunday when they take on the Sheffield Scimitars in a Moralee cup tie. The Scimitars are newly reformed this year but on early performances are looking to be a solid squad comfortably beating the Blackburn Hawks and running the Solway Sharks close in early season fixtures.

Barons Man of the Match, James Smith (J&K Davies)

Lions Man of the Match, Luca Sheldon (J&K Davies)



Date Time League Season
September 12, 2021 5:30 pm Division 1 2021/22


Solihull Barons3216
Nottingham Lions1124

Solihull Barons

# Player Position G A PIM SA GA SV
3Marcus MaynardDefence000000
5Jordan StokesDefence004000
6Richard CroweDefence010000
8Paul StanleyOffence010000
16Andy WhitehouseOffence100000
17Richard SlaterOffence000000
22Elliot FarrellOffence000000
23Daniel MulcahyOffence120000
24Philip MulcahyOffence012000
33Benjamin LeeGoalie000000
35Graham LaverickGoalie00016412
36Henry AdamsDefence000000
51Ash CalvertOffence020000
55Bailey ChallansDefence002000
61Brodie JessonOffence100000
72Callum BowleyOffence010000
77Andrew HaywardDefence000000
79Tom SoarOffence204000
81James MoellerDefence017000
94James SmithOffence110000
 Total 6101916412

Nottingham Lions

Position G A PIM SA GA SV


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