TC Cars Solihull Barons vs Nottingham Lions

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Recap

The TC Cars Solihull Barons brought home two points after a dramatic overtime win in a tie in which they struggled to transform opportunity into goals against a well organised and determined Nottingham Lions backstopped by an outstanding Sam Gospel in the Lions net.

Luke Brittle was on form the whole game. (J&K Davies)
Luke Brittle was on form the whole game. (J&K Davies)

The Barons were on the scoresheet seconds after the puck drop as the ever dependable Ed Eaton put the puck into the Nottingham net from just outside the crease. The Lions bounced back quickly and on the four minute mark they were rewarded with an equaliser as Joe Humphries hustled the puck through the Barons defences to level things up. The Barons would continue to generally dominate the scoring opportunities, bar a full two minutes of 5 on 3 penalty kill in the middle of the period, though by the end of the period the Lions began to come more into the game and pose some threat to the Barons D.

Sam Gospel was on fire, thwarting the Barons time and time again (J&K Davies)
Sam Gospel was on fire, thwarting the Barons time and time again (J&K Davies)

The second period again saw the Barons again have the bulk of the play but stout Lions defence and a very in form Sam Gospel in the Nottingham net frustrated the Solihull efforts. While the puck would strike the visitor’s metalwork a couple of times in the middle twenty there would be only a single goal. Luke Brittle skating across the Nottingham crease, stretching Gospel across his goal mouth, allowing the Solihull forward to select a gap for his shot and the Barons second goal.

Tom Soar and Matt Maurice battle for the puck. (J&K Davies)
Tom Soar and Matt Maurice battle for the puck. (J&K Davies)

The final period saw the Barons continue to test the Nottingham goal but with no reward against an outstanding Gospel. The Lions confidence in their goalie allowing them very often to keep a forward high, preventing a full five man Barons attack while offering themselves a breakout option. As the final period ticked down it looked as though Solihull had done enough to squeak the win but a Marc Levers Lions goal thirty seconds from the buzzer brought things level once more and set up a 5 minute sudden death overtime.

Andy Whitehouse (J&K Davies)
Andy Whitehouse (J&K Davies)

Normally run as 3 on 3, the Lions were gifted an extra man for overtime due to a late Barons match penalty for Solihull D-man Daniel Harrison and things looked sticky for the home side. However when the puck found the stick of Luke Brittle the forward raced up the ice and finally, finally found a way past Gospel with a puck lofted into the top left of the net to give the Barons the win.

The Barons are next on home ice on the 4th March when they face the Solway Sharks in Solihull’s penultimate league game of the season. Face-off 6:00pm.

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Barons Man of the Match : Luke Brittle (J&K Davies)

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Lions Man of the Match : Sam Gospel (J&K Davies)

Man of the Match presented by Barry Baron and Slush Puppy and sponsored by TC Cars Limited.

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Details

Date Time League Season
February 17, 2018 5:00 pm Moralee Division 2018

Results

Team1st2nd3rdOTT
TC Cars Solihull Barons11013
Nottingham Lions10102

TC Cars Solihull Barons

# Player Position G A PIM SA GA SV
4Dave RogersDefence000000
6Richard CroweDefence000000
10Dan HarrisonDefence000000
11Edward EatonOffence000000
14Tomas JanakDefence000000
15Matt MauriceOffence000000
16Andy WhitehouseOffence000000
17Luke BrittleOffence000000
25Daniel BrittleGoalie000000
28Michelle FranklinGoalie000000
40Josh BruceOffence000000
44Elliot FarrellOffence000000
79Tom SoarOffence000000
81James MoellerDefence000000
91Niklas OttossonOffence000000
96Stephen HeapeOffence000000
 Total 000000

Nottingham Lions

Position G A PIM SA GA SV
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Venue

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