Solihull Barons made their final visit of the season to Nottingham to take on last season’s champions in what would turn out to be a feisty but one-sided tie.
The Barons wasted no time in getting down to business – with the game having run for little more than half a minute Joe Henry raced into the Nottingham end and while his shot was parried by Lions netminder Alan Levers, the rebound was clinically converted by Josh Bruce for the Barons’ opener.
Two minutes later Rob Eley scored the Barons second as the puck ricocheted around the Lions goal crease before finding its way into the net.
The second period continued with further Barons pressure and goal number three came as Connor Hubbuck found the net off an assist by Rich Slater.
As the Lions pushed forward in an bid to recover the deficit, a breakout pass from Pez Doyle gave Joe Henry the chance to breakaway for Solihull’s fourth.
In the final five minutes of the period Rich Slater reacted to a slash from Lions’ Ben Wood which saw the pair go toe to toe.
The Solihull offence continued into the final 20 minutes with Rich Slater finding the net before a series of tussles broke out .
First Mikey Rodger dropped the gloves with Joe Steeples in retribution for the former’s check on Ed Slater.
This sparked a one-on-one between Doyle and Lion’s heavyweight Ben Foster-Wilson, who was sent crashing to the ice light of two teeth.
The fun and games was concluded as former Barons junior team-mates Dave Rogers and Connor McNaughton grappled.
The final five minutes saw Josh Bruce and Tomas Janak combine for the Barons final two goals, Janak picking up a Bruce rebound for number six before Bruce put the puck through the keeper’s legs for Barons magnificent number seven.
The Barons are back on home ice this Sunday when they face the Hull Jets in their penultimate regular season game at Hobs Moat. Face-off 6pm.