TC Cars Solihull Barons – Solway Sharks

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Recap

With Saturday’s first leg quarter final at Solway leaving the sides tied on 4 goals apiece, Sunday’s tie was to be a winner takes all decider – the victors heading to the semi-finals, the losers left to put away their hockey gear for another year and dig out their best golfing slacks. With this in mind the sides took to the ice at Solihull with the intention to make sure their season would not end over the weekend and prove themselves the best of the old school national league sides.

Marcus Maynard & Luke Brittle pressure the Solway net (S Crampton)
Marcus Maynard & Luke Brittle pressure the Solway net (S Crampton)

With such high stakes it was the Barons who laid their cards on the table after four minutes as Luke Brittle, Ed Eaton and Niklas Ottosson executed a training night special, crossing the puck over the Solway crease two times before Ottosson fired into the Sharks net. Solihull doubled their lead midway through the period with a Tom Soar effort on the powerplay as the Barons forward shot low and through the legs of Calum Hepburn in the Solway net for goal number 2.

Dangy Brittle was in good form between the pipes for the Barons (S Crampton)
Dangy Brittle was in good form between the pipes for the Barons (S Crampton)

Emerging from the dressing room for period 2 with some extra impetus Solway quickly got their reward, Marek Charvat pouncing on a puck pinballing off of skates, sticks and pads around the Solihull crease for the visitors opening goal five minutes in. The Barons were however able to counter immediately, Luke Brittle firing in within less than a minute, restoring the Barons two goal cushion. This would be padded further by Tomas Janak with a neat solo effort on 36 minutes. The Barons ‘A’ forcing a turnover mid ice, skating into the Sharks end and scoring in off the Solway crossbar with a carefully taken shot. Duncan Spiers however kept the visitors in reach with his own precisely taken goal, a well aimed effort from the right hand boards to see the sides head to the final 20 split by two goals.

Elliot Farrell gets the eye from Calum Hepburn after leaving his stick in (Steve Crampton)
Elliot Farrell gets the eye from Calum Hepburn after leaving his stick in (Steve Crampton)

Again the Sharks were quickly into their stride following the break with a Scott Henderson dash up the left wing a minute in and a clinical shot past Dangy Brittle in the Solihull net to peg the Barons back to a single goal advantage. But, and as before, the visitor’s had little opportunity to exploit the narrowed deficit with Josh Bruce getting the Barons fifth goal off the restart, sealing the victory and the trip into the Semi-finals for Solihull.

Things get a little heated (S Crampton)
Things get a little heated (S Crampton)
Josh Bruce gets physical (Steve Crampton)
Josh Bruce gets physical (Steve Crampton)

The Barons will now face, league champions, the Sheffield Steeldogs in a two leg semi-final this weekend. While Solihull have struggled against the Yorkshire side this season, play-off hockey is unpredictable and while certainly not favourites the Barons have a very real opportunity to cause an upset.

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Barons Man of the Match : Daniel Brittle

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Sharks Man of the Match : Connor Henderson

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The BIG one !!!
This Saturday
Moralee Division Play-off Semi-final 1st leg

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Details

Date Time League Season
March 18, 2018 6:00 pm Moralee Division 2018

Results

Team1st2nd3rdT
TC Cars Solihull Barons2215
Solway Sharks0213

TC Cars Solihull Barons

# Player Position G A PIM SA GA SV
3Marcus MaynardDefence002000
4Dave RogersDefence000000
6Richard CroweDefence000000
10Dan HarrisonDefence000000
11Edward EatonOffence020000
14Tomas JanakDefence120000
15Matt MauriceOffence000000
16Andy WhitehouseOffence010000
17Luke BrittleOffence112000
24Philip MulcahyOffence000000
25Daniel BrittleGoalie00040337
28Josh NichollsGoalie000000
36Adam BrittleOffence002000
40Josh BruceOffence100000
44Elliot FarrellOffence000000
79Tom SoarOffence102000
81James MoellerDefence000000
91Niklas OttossonOffence100000
 Total 56840337

Solway Sharks

Position G A PIM SA GA SV
 34842537

Venue

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