TC Cars Solihull Barons – Blackburn Hawks

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Recap

TC Cars Solihull Barons : 11
Blackburn Hawks : 0
EIHA Midlands Cup Final – Second Leg
The Barons win 18:7 on Aggregate over the two legs and win the Midlands Cup

After Saturday’s closely fought first leg, the dominance of the TC Cars Solihull Barons over the Blackburn Hawks in Sunday’s Sundays 2nd leg in Solihull showed that the first silverware of the season, the Midlands cup, would find its way to the Barons trophy cabinet in a one sided display.

Sam kept a clean sheet (Steve Crampton)

The first period was largely spent in the Hawks end and it was a strong display by Harrison Walker which would keep the Barons at bay for much of this time. The Barons first came thanks to Marcus Maynard after only two and half minutes as the Solihull Captain’s initial long range shot missed the Hawks goal but when the puck rebounded of the back netting he was quick to capitalise and tapped home the opener.

Marcus Maynard celebrates his goal with the Mulcahy brothers (Steve Crampton)

The Barons continued to pour forward onto the Hawks net through the rest of the period but strong play by Walker held them off until the final two minutes. Andy Whitehouse winning a face-off in the Hawks end and hooking the puck back to Thomas Janak on the blue line whose shot first found Paul Stanley, then Whitehouse himself for the chip in from a foot out. For their part the Hawks countered when they could but struggled to sustain any pressure or challenge Sam Hewitt and the Barons would carry the two goal advantage into the second period.

A two goal night for Tom Soar (S Crampton)

The Hawks came into the second period and displayed a short spell of positive play following an early Barons penalty and, had a goal been found at this time, the character of the period may have been different. As it was, no goal came and when back to even strength it was Dave Rogers of the Barons who found the net with a shot from the left hand circle following a cut back pass by Niklas Ottosson to earn Solihull’s third of the evening.

Rich Slater got two goals in ten seconds (Steve Crampton)

On the 28th minute the Hawks suffered something of a breakdown and conceded three goals in a single minute. The Blackburn D allowed the Solihull forwards to skate in from centre ice leaving Harrison little support in defending his net. Daniel Mulcahy got the first of this trio of goals before Rich Slater would find the net twice in 10 seconds. By period end Andy Whitehouse had added to the Barons total to see them head into the final period 7 goals for with no loss.

Niklas was not best pleased at having been floored after the whistle. (S Crampton)

The final period continued with the Barons racking up the goals, Niklas Ottosson with a simple back post tap in of a Phil Mulcahy feed in the opening minute of the period. With the result and destination of the cup certain, the game then seemed to settle down a bit, loosing a bit of pace and intensity as Sam Hewitt and Harrison Walker kept their respective goals empty. A cross check to Niklas Ottosson after the whistle resulted in a bit of a melee round the Hawks net with the result that four players, two from each side were sent for early showers. The Barons then rounded off the scoring with a pair of goals from Tom Soar and a single from Paul Stanley to finish off a comfortable win and secure their first significant silverware since the 2014-15 Laidler Winning Season.

Paul Stanley roofs his goal (S Crampton)

The Barons are back on home ice this Sunday in league action against Sheffield’s Sutton Sting. The Barons will be keen to make amends for a slip up last month which saw points dropped against the Sting and this time bring home the win. Face-off 5:30pm.

The Cup Winning team (S Crampton)
Barons Man of the Match Sam Hewitt
Sam Hewitt (S Crampton)
Hawks Man of the Match Ethan Mayoh
Ethan Mayoh (S Crampton)

gamesheet

Details

Date Time League Season
February 16, 2020 5:30 pm NIHL Midlands Cup 2019/20

Results

Team1st2nd3rdT
TC Cars Solihull Barons25411
Blackburn Hawks0000

TC Cars Solihull Barons

# Player Position G A PIM SA GA SV
3Marcus MaynardDefence102000
4Dave RogersDefence100000
6Richard CroweDefence010000
8Paul StanleyOffence112000
10Dan HarrisonDefence004000
14Liam PreeceDefence000000
15Matt MauriceOffence012000
16Andy WhitehouseOffence210000
17Richard SlaterOffence200000
23Daniel MulcahyOffence120000
24Philip MulcahyOffence026000
31Sam HewittGoalie00029029
33Benjamin LeeGoalie000000
36Henry AdamsOffence000000
41Tomas JanakDefence010000
72Callum BowleyOffence020000
77Andrew HaywardDefence000000
81James MoellerDefence000000
91Niklas OttossonOffence1327000
79Tom SoarOffence200000
 Total 11144329029

Blackburn Hawks

Position G A PIM SA GA SV
 0068661155

Venue

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