Solihull Barons vs Billingham Stars

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Recap

BARONS Fall to SHOOTING STARS

Tom Soar aims high (Steve Crampton)
Tom Soar aims high (Steve Crampton)

AIRPORT PLACEMENTS LIMITED SOLIHULL BARONS : 2
BILLINGHAM STARS : 4

Rich Slater rounds the net (Steve Crampton)
Rich Slater rounds the net (Steve Crampton)

With the Billingham Stars arriving at Solihull, secure in second place in the league but coming off the back of a poor showing the previous evening against the Blackburn Hawks, the Teesiders stepped onto the Hobs Moat ice with a point to prove against the APL Solihull Barons.

Niklas Ottosson takes a stick to the arm as he drives in on goal (Steve Crampton)
Niklas Ottosson takes a stick to the arm as he drives in on goal (Steve Crampton)

The first period would see both sides with their chances but in reality it was the visitors who had by far the better opportunite with much more pressure close in on the Solihull goal and the Barons riding their luck more than once in the first twenty. The Barons attacking options were more limited and tended to come from range rather than the chaos around a crowded goal crease. It was not unexpected therfore when the visitors went in front with just over a minute of the period to go, James Moss slotting home from close range following a turnover in the Barons end.

Ryan Selwood looks for the loose puck (Steve Crampton)
Ryan Selwood looks for the loose puck (Steve Crampton)

The second period would prove stronger for the Barons. Four minutes in and Rich Slater pucked up a pass from Tom Soar in the left hand circle before calmly firing the puck into the roof of the Billingham net for the equaliser. The sides would continue to trade shots with the Barons generally having the edge and this was witnessed by Tom Soar getting the go-ahead goal five minutes from the period end. The 40 minute slot was marked with some minor handbags after Niklas Ottosson was knocked to the ground after skating in on the Billingham goal to force a puck freeze by James Flavell in the Billingham net.

Niklas Ottosson objected to being knocked down after the whistle (Steve Crampton)
Niklas Ottosson objected to being knocked down after the whistle (Steve Crampton)

The final period saw the visitors quickly work their way back into the game with James Moss getting his second goal of the game five minutes into the period to bring the scoreline to 2-2 and this would be quickly followed by further Stars goals from Jack Watson and Callum Davies to see the Barons denied any share of the points.

Tomas Janak and Josh Bruce would both finish the game in the dressing room. (Steve Crampton)
Tomas Janak and Josh Bruce would both finish the game in the dressing room. (Steve Crampton)

The Barons now face a weekend on the road with away ties at Solway Sharks on Saturday, followed by a visit to Blackburn Hawks on Sunday. The Barons final game of the league season will follow at Solihull on Sunday the 26th March when they once more face the Blackburn Hawks in a tie which could yet be crucial for both sides play-off hopes.

Barons Man of the Match Sam Hewitt (Mike Burrowes)
Barons Man of the Match Sam Hewitt (Mike Burrowes)
Stars Man of the Match, James Flavell (Mike Burrowes)
Stars Man of the Match, James Flavell (Mike Burrowes)
Rich Slater is president with his 200th goal puck by Andy Gordon, Barons co-chair (Steve Crampton)
Prior to the game Rich Slater was presented with his 200th goal puck by Andy Gordon, Barons co-chair (Steve Crampton)

gamesheet


ELSEWHERE IN THE LEAGUE

Sutton Sting : 2 – 3 : Telford Tigers
Deeside Dragons : 8 – 2 : Whitley Warriors
Blackburn Hawks : 6 – 3 : Solway Sharks
Billingham Stars : 3 – 5 : Blackburn Hawks


BARONS NEXT HOME GAME
Sunday 26th March, 6:00 pm

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Details

Date Time League Season
March 12, 2017 6:00 pm Moralee Division 2016/17

Results

Team1st2nd3rdT
TC Cars Solihull Barons0202
Billingham Stars1034

TC Cars Solihull Barons

# Player Position G A PIM SA GA SV
4Dave RogersDefence000000
6Richard CroweDefence010000
8Ryan SelwoodDefence002000
14Tomas JanakDefence0012000
15Matt MauriceOffence002000
16Andy WhitehouseOffence000000
17Richard SlaterOffence100000
22Phil KnightDefence000000
27Kieran PappsDefence000000
28Josh NichollsGoalie000000
31Sam HewittGoalie00050446
40Josh BruceOffence0026000
44Elliot FarrellOffence000000
77Jacob SmithDefence000000
79Tom SoarOffence110000
81James MoellerDefence000000
91Niklas OttossonOffence022000
96Stephen HeapeOffence000000
26Stuart ClaytonDefence000000
 Total 244450446

Billingham Stars

Position G A PIM SA GA SV
 461857255

Venue

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