The Solihull Barons came out with a convincing win against the National League Coventry Blaze in an A45 derby, which was effectively a one horse race for much of the tie.
The Barons were quick onto the score sheet, Tom Soar slotting the puck into the Blaze net within a little over a minute from the puck drop and by five minutes Rich Slater had doubled the lead.
Just before the fifteen minute mark the defensive pairing of Perry Doyle and Richard Crowe combined for goal number three and by the time the teams returned to the dressing room at the period end, Ryan Selwood and Joe Henry had added a further two goals thanks to powerplay chances.
The second period saw the Barons ease out their lead with a fairly dominant performance and tapped in a further three goals courtesy of Edward Eaton, Dave Rogers and Tom Soar. The final period was much more physical in character. An incident between Andy Whitehouse of the Barons and Daniel Barker of the Blaze flared up and saw both players heading to the penalty box. This was shortly followed by Barons captain for the night Perry Doyle being sent to the dressing room after a clash with Phillip Pollock, his opposite number for the Blaze.
Each side picked up two goals in this final 20 minutes, Selwood and Soar doing the honours for the Barons, to leave the Barons convincing 10-2 winners.
The Barons will however be back on home ice on Sunday when they welcome the Widnes Wild to the Solihull rink.
Face-off is 6pm.