Solihull Barons vs Telford Tigers NIHL

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Recap

Telford Tigers : 5
Airport Placement Limited Solihull Barons : 6

Airport Placement Limited Solihull Barons : 2
Telford Tigers : 6

The Airport Placements Limited Solihull Barons came out with a share of the points after a weekend of road and home ties against Midlands rivals the Telford Tigers.

On Saturday the Barons travelled the short distance to the Shropshire rink to take on the Tigers. A closely fought game ensued which saw the Barons take the lead in the first period and from then on Solihull let the home side play catch-up and while they came close the Barons would notch up their first win of 2017.

Rich Slater stretches for the puck (Steve Crampton)
Rich Slater streches for the puck (Steve Crampton)

On Sunday it was the turn of the Tigers to visit Solihull and an entertaining first period promised much. The Barons now running with a full roster having been short through injury and absence for the past six weeks began to show more of their earlier season form and took the game to the Tigers with the puck never far from a Solihull stick. It would be the visitors who would however open the scoring as ex-Baron Karol Jets made the most of a busy crease to slot in from close range on eight minutes. The Barons would continue to press and on 15 minutes Ryan Selwood flicked a pass through the neutral zone to Tom Soar, steaming up the ice to collect the pass cleanly and shoot through from just over the blue line for the equaliser. The scoring would remain level heading to the dressing rooms despite a number of further chances for both sides, most notably a spell of 5 on 3 powerplay for the Barons in the last two minutes.

Josh Bruce was back on home ice after injury but would not see out the game (Steve Crampton)
Josh Bruce was back on home ice after injury but would not see out the game (Steve Crampton)

The second period would again see the visitors the first to find the net. Daniel Harrison deflecting in a powerplay shot from Callum Bowley which found space past a heavily screened Josh Nicholl in the Solihull net. Three minutes later and Tom Soar returned to the scoresheet for the Barons, this time with a close in effort for Solihull’s equaliser.

Tomas Janak tumbles as everyone scrambles for the puck (Steve Crampton)
Tomas Janak tumbles as everyone scrambles for the puck (Steve Crampton)

The remainder of the period would not be so good for the Barons as the visitors gradually began to wrest back the puck possession and offensive zone time from the home side and by the 40 minute mark the score would be 4-2 in favour of the visitors, Callum Griffin and Simon Harrison with the goals.

The final period would have the ice tilt further in favour of the visitors with goals first by Connor Gordon and then a penalty shot was converted by Karol Jets to give Barons a deficit of 4 goals with ten minutes to go as the game, pucks and discipline slid away from them. The period would end early and messily with a series of scuffles which did nothing to address the destiny of the points.

Dave Rogers (Steve Crampton)
Dave Rogers (Steve Crampton)
Stuart Clayton and Rich Crowe scuffle (Steve Crampton)
Stuart Clayton and Rich Crowe scuffle (Steve Crampton)

The Barons are back on home ice this Sunday when they face the challenge of the league’s second placed side, the Billingham Stars for the first meeting of the teams this season. This will be a tough test for the Barons with a high standard of hockey expected to be on show. Face-off 6:00pm.

Tom Soar (Steve Crampton)
Tom Soar (Steve Crampton)

Barons Man of the Match @ Telford : Tom Soar
Barons Man of the Match v Telford : Tom Soar

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Elsewhere in the League

Sutton Sting 0 : 1 Solway Sharks
Whitley Warriors 4 : 1 Billingham Stars
Deeside Dragons 5 : 3 Blackburn Hawks
Blackburn Hawks 7 : 6 Deeside Dragons
Solway Sharks 5 : 3 Whitley Warriors

Details

Date Time League Season
January 8, 2017 6:00 pm Moralee Division 2016/17

Results

Team1st2nd3rdT
TC Cars Solihull Barons1102
Telford Tigers N11326

TC Cars Solihull Barons

# Player Position G A PIM SA GA SV
4Dave RogersDefence004000
6Richard CroweDefence000000
7Joe HenryOffence0027000
8Ryan SelwoodDefence012000
11Edward EatonOffence020000
14Tomas JanakDefence000000
15Matt MauriceOffence012000
16Andy WhitehouseOffence000000
17Richard SlaterOffence000000
22Phil KnightDefence000000
27Kieran PappsDefence000000
28Josh NichollsGoalie001040634
31Sam HewittGoalie000000
40Josh BruceOffence0039000
44Elliot FarrellOffence000000
77Jacob SmithDefence000000
79Tom SoarOffence202000
81James MoellerDefence000000
83Brandon AndertonOffence000000
91Niklas OttossonOffence000000
96Stuart ClaytonDefence004000
 Total 249040634

Telford Tigers N1

Position G A PIM SA GA SV
 682062260

Venue

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