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Barons go Wild to close in on the Conference crown

Both sides had their chances but strong goal tending and solid defence at both ends of the ice ensured the puck stayed out of the net.

Keith Davies Joe Henry and Josh Bruce had another strong night for the Barons.
Joe Henry and Josh Bruce had another strong night for the Barons.

Sunday's game opened at a frenetic pace as the Wild showed why they have become the most improved side in the Laidler Conference and have developed into a much stronger unit than that which went down 14-0 to the Barons back in November.

Both sides had their chances but strong goal tending and solid defence at both ends of the ice ensured the puck stayed out of the net.

The second period saw the Barons become the first team on the scoredboard, Joe Henry combining with Josh Bruce for the Barons’ first goal after two-and-a-half minutes. This was quickly cancelled out by the Wild five minutes in, a face-off in the Barons end seeing Calum Riddick score.

The Barons regained the lead just after the half-hour mark, a short-handed breakaway by Henry and Rich Slater saw the latter convert just as the Barons returned to full strength. This was the signal for the Barons to stretch their legs with goals from Kieran Papps, Henry and Connor Hubbuck.

The final period saw two further goals for the Barons, with goals from Henry and Slater.

Another win and another two points for the Barons as they creep their way towards the title. The game, however, showed that the Wild, together with their strong support, have come a long way since the start of the season and will be ones to watch in 2014-15.

The Barons will take the relatively short trip to Nottingham this weekend when they take on the Lions.

The Lions have had mixed form lately following a number of departures but will always put up a good show, particularly on home ice, so the Barons will need to be on their mettle to be sure of full points. The following Sunday, March 9, the Barons play host to the unpredictable Hull Jets, in what will be the penultimate regular-season home game for Solihull. Face-off 6pm.

 

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