TC Cars Solihull Barons vs Solway Sharks

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Recap

With the sides’ league positions more or less decided, Sunday’s TC Cars Solihull Barons v Solway Sharks game may not have been too much about the points but with the sides due to match up in the first round of the playoffs the Barons win may prove psychologically crucial.

It would be the Barons Marcus Maynard who would be the first to find the net a little shy of the first period, five minute mark after the Solihull number 3 shot a long distance effort through traffic for the opener. A little over a minute later and the home side had doubled their advantage, Luke Brittle taking time to on the powerplay to place his shot deftly in the space to the left of Calum Hepburn in the Solway net. The visitors were however quickly back on the counter and rapid break up the ice by Solway saw Jordan Buesa and Joe Coulter combine for the Sharks first taste of the Barons net.

Extravagant save from Josh Nicholls (J&K Davies)
Extravagant save from Josh Nicholls (J&K Davies)

The remainder of the first period would be finely balanced with both sides playing a positive attacking game but with no further scoring.

Into the second and the sides continued to trade attacks but again with neither side able to translate offence into goals. With three minutes of the period to go and the Barons on the penalty kill it would be Solihull who found the net as Tom Soar robbed the Sharks of the puck in the Barons end and raced up the ice, before skating across goal and slipping the puck deep into the Solway net. Two minutes later and Niklas Ottosson would get the Barons fourth goal with a delicate backhander to round Hepburn’s out-stretched leg.

It was a closely fought event for the full 60’ (J&K Davies)
It was a closely fought event for the full 60’ (J&K Davies)

If the Barons intentions had been to sit on their three goal cushion and see out the final period, the Sharks clearly had other ideas. Ross Murray for the visitors snatching the puck through Josh Nicholl’s five hole direct off of a Struan Tonnar face off win two minutes into the period. Less than a minute later and the Shark’s Marek Charvat got Solway’s goal number three with a blue-line bullet from the left hand boards leaving the Baron’s comfortable cushion looking far less well upholstered than it had been.

Dave Rogers gets up close and personal (Mike Burrowes)
Dave Rogers gets up close and personal (Mike Burrowes)

For much of the rest of the final period the Baron’s struggled to get the puck out of their own end as the Shark’s pushed for the equaliser but with the clock ticking down Tom Soar for the Barons sneaked goal number five for Solihull to confirm the win and slightly tilt the psychological odds ahead of the play-offs against the Scottish side in a fortnight.

Things got tense in the final period as the Sharks pushed for the equaliser (Mike Burrowes)
Things got tense in the final period as the Sharks pushed for the equaliser (Mike Burrowes)

The Barons conclude their 17/18 Moralee league fixture list this coming weekend when they welcome the Blackburn Hawks to Planet Ice Solihull on Sunday evening. While, for the Barons, with fifth place in the league confirmed, the points may be academic, it will be important to go into the following weekends first round of the play-offs on a high. For the Hawks however there is still the opportunity to snatch sixth place and improve their play-off seedings. Face-off 6:00pm Sunday 11th March.

(Mike Burrowes)
(Mike Burrowes)
Barons man of the match : Tom Soar
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(Mike Burrowes)
Sharks man of the match : Jordan Buesa

Man of the Match awards sponsored by TC Cars Limited.

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Catherine ELEY

A minutes applause was held ahead of Sundays game in honour of Catherine eley – more here…

(J&K Davies)
(J&K Davies)

Elsewhere in the League

Whitley Warriors 5 : 0 Billingham Stars
Blackburn Hawks 0 : 2 Sheffield Steeldogs
Dragons 1 : 17 Telford Tigers
Nottingham Lions 1 : 7 Hull Pirates
Hull Pirates 8 : 2 Blackburn Hawks *
Sheffield Steeldogs 7 : 0 Whitley Warriors

* Double Points


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Details

Date Time League Season
March 4, 2018 6:00 pm Moralee Division 2017/18

Results

Team1st2nd3rdT
TC Cars Solihull Barons2215
Solway Sharks1023

TC Cars Solihull Barons

# Player Position G A PIM SA GA SV
3Marcus MaynardDefence100000
4Dave RogersDefence004000
6Richard CroweDefence002000
10Dan HarrisonDefence002000
11Edward EatonOffence000000
14Tomas JanakDefence002000
15Matt MauriceOffence000000
16Andy WhitehouseOffence004000
17Luke BrittleOffence120000
24Philip MulcahyOffence002000
28Josh NichollsGoalie00035332
28Michelle FranklinGoalie000000
40Josh BruceOffence000000
44Elliot FarrellOffence000000
79Tom SoarOffence200000
81James MoellerDefence000000
91Niklas OttossonOffence110000
96Stephen HeapeOffence0012000
 Total 532835332

Solway Sharks

Position G A PIM SA GA SV
 321022517

Venue

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