TC Cars Solihull Barons – Sheffield Steeldogs

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Recap

The TC Cars Solihull Barons probably considered themselves slightly unfortunate to not keep things even by the end of a very entertaining 60 minutes in their Moralee Conference play-off semi-final 1st Leg against the Sheffield Steeldogs on Saturday evening.

A spectacular check on Adrian Palak by Rich Crowe (Steve Crampton)
A spectacular check on Adrian Palak by Rich Crowe (Steve Crampton)

Off the face-off the Barons advanced into the Steeldogs end but a quick turnover saw the visitors Milan Kolena race up the ice and slot the puck into the back of the Solihull net with barely 30 seconds on the clock. By five minutes the Barons had tied things up as Josh Bruce fed Adam Brittle square on goal, the number 36 lifting the puck over Dimitri Zimozdra in the Sheffield net for Solihull’s opener. It would however be the visitors who would step off the ice with the impetus, a Liam Charnock goal in the dying seconds of the period to tilt the ice in the favour of the Steeldogs.

Hussle round the Sheffield net (Steve Crampton)
Hussle round the Sheffield net (Steve Crampton)

The game continued at very high tempo into the second period as the sides matched each other attack for attack and counter for counter. There would however be only one more goal in the middle 20, as Luke Brittle converted a power play opportunity with a flick in from near the left hand post after thirty minutes.

Slovak shoving as Adrian Palak and Thomas Janak battle over position (Steve Crampton)
Slovak shoving as Adrian Palak and Thomas Janak battle over position (Steve Crampton)

The Barons took the lead for the first time in the game early in the final period, Tom Soar seizing his chance as a rebound fell to him and he slotted home with power before Zimozdra could readjust and in so doing raised a loud

Luke Brittle and Jamie Scott round the net (Steve Crampton)
Luke Brittle and Jamie Scott round the net (Steve Crampton)

roar from the large home crowd. The lead would last eight minutes before Steeldog Milan Kolena picked up the puck and raced up the right hand side of the ice before cutting inside and defeating Dangie Brittle in the Solihull net. This set up a high paced final ten minutes as both sides pushed for the win and the psychological and tangible advantage for Sunday’s 2nd leg. Sadly for the Barons, Sheffield’s Ashley Calvert sneaked the winner, sliding the puck in round the near post to give the Yorkshire side a lead to carry forward to their own rink on Sunday.

Daniel Harrison clears (Steve Crampton)
Daniel Harrison clears (Steve Crampton)

A result therefore which was a little disappointing but the Barons gave the league champions a high quality, high pace and entertaining game to set up the decider with all still to play for.

Daniel Harrison (Steve Crampton)
Daniel Harrison (Steve Crampton)
Barons Man of the Match : Daniel Harrison

 

Adrian Palak (Steve Crampton)
Adrian Palak (Steve Crampton)
Steeldogs Man of the Match : Adrian Palak

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Details

Date Time League Season
March 24, 2018 5:20 pm Moralee Division 2017/18

Results

Team1st2nd3rdT
TC Cars Solihull Barons1113
Sheffield Steeldogs2024

TC Cars Solihull Barons

# Player Position G A PIM SA GA SV
4Dave RogersDefence000000
6Richard CroweDefence000000
10Dan HarrisonDefence010000
11Edward EatonOffence002000
14Tomas JanakDefence010000
15Matt MauriceOffence000000
16Andy WhitehouseOffence000000
17Luke BrittleOffence100000
24Philip MulcahyOffence000000
25Daniel BrittleGoalie00041437
28Josh NichollsGoalie000000
36Adam BrittleOffence100000
40Josh BruceOffence000000
44Elliot FarrellOffence000000
79Tom SoarOffence100000
81James MoellerDefence000000
91Niklas OttossonOffence000000
96Stephen HeapeOffence000000
 Total 32241437

Sheffield Steeldogs

Position G A PIM SA GA SV
 47233330

Venue

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