Solihull Barons vs Solway Sharks



Airport Placements Limited Solihull Barons : 2
Solway Sharks : 4

Josh Bruce in action on Sunday (Steve Crampton)
Josh Bruce in action on Sunday (Steve Crampton)

The Airport Placements Limited Solihull Barons became the latest team to fall to league leaders the Solway Sharks on Sunday evening but despite being outplayed in the first period, pulled together and remained in contention until the final minutes of an entertaining game.

Josh Nicholls gets upended (SteveCrampton)

The first period faced off at a fast pace, the Scottish visitors showing why they were the runaway league leaders with a series of rapid plays continually threatening the Barons net. The game remained scoreless however until the twelfth minute as the Barons looked set to shutdown the Sharks first powerplay only for Juraj Senko to find Marc Fowley on the blue line who slotted the puck home with a slapshot from 50 feet away as the penalty was extinguished. The Barons had a few chances to equalise but missed passes and missed goalmouths saw the scoring remain in favour of the visitors as the sides headed to the dressing room.

Niklas Ottosson & Tom Soar push on (Steve Crampton)

The second period had the Barons quickly back in the game as Joe Henry equalised with a shot from the right of the crease for the equaliser a minute into the period. Within another two minutes the Barons went ahead as Tomas Janak shot above a prone Callum Hepburn in the Solway net to give Solihull the lead. The Solihull lead would last as far as the half hour mark before a Struan Tonnar wrist shot defeated Josh Nicholls and gave the visitors their equaliser to set up a winner takes all final period.

Tom Soar (Steve Crampton)

The visitors regained their lead early in the final period – Stuart Andrews finding space round Josh Nicholls outstretched leg for the Sharks goal number three after three minutes of the period. Much of the rest of the period would see the Barons continuing to pressure the Sharks end zone but with the Solway defence keeping the play on the perimeter the score remained in favour of the visitors despite a few good home chances. With two minutes to go the Sharks sealed the tie, Joe Coulter with Solways fourth goal.

Fighting along the boards (Steve Crampton)

Next weekend the Barons face an away double header. On Saturday the Barons head to Ice Sheffield to take on the Sutton Sting and follow this on Sunday with an away tie at Billingham Stars. The Barons have nearly a month until they return to home ice when the Whitley Warriors make their first visit of the season on 26th February, Face-off 6:00 pm.

Barons Man of the Match (Steve Crampton)
Barons Man of the Match, Josh Nicholls (Steve Crampton)

Man of the Match awards sponsored by Knowle Transport


Elsewhere in the League

Telford Tigers 2 : 2 Solway Sharks
Whitley Warriors 1 : 3 Billingham Stars


Date Time League Season
January 29, 2017 6:00 pm Moralee Division 2016/17


Solihull Barons0202
Solway Sharks1124

Solihull Barons

# Player Position G A PIM SA GA SV
4Dave RogersDefence002000
6Richard CroweDefence000000
7Joe HenryOffence104000
8Ryan SelwoodDefence000000
14Tomas JanakDefence100000
15Matt MauriceOffence010000
16Andy WhitehouseOffence002000
17Richard SlaterOffence000000
28Josh NichollsGoalie000000
31Sam HewittGoalie000000
40Josh BruceOffence00043439
44Elliot FarrellOffence000000
77Jacob SmithDefence000000
79Tom SoarOffence010000
81James MoellerDefence000000
83Brandon AndertonOffence000000
91Niklas OttossonOffence010000
96Stuart ClaytonDefence000000
27Kieran PappsDefence000000
 Total 23843439

Solway Sharks

Position G A PIM SA GA SV


Planet Ice Solihull Ice Rink
Hobs Moat Rd, Solihull B92 8JN