The Bristol Street Motors Solihull Barons opened the second half of their season with a solid win away at the Sheffield Senators.
The combination of the Barons having not had a fixture for the best part of a month and the Senators enjoying a strong season meant that a post holiday slip up was certainly possible for the league leading Barons.
However, such thoughts were clearly not on the minds of the Barons who went out with a positive game plan and rocked the Senators within moments of the puck drop.
Joe Henry and Tom Soar gave the Barons a two-goal advantage in as many minutes.
The Senators regrouped and kept Solihull at bay for most of the remainder of the period but conceded a further goal, this time from Ryan Selwood with two minutes of the first twenty to go.
The second period was more evenly balanced and while Solihull outshot the Senators, further scoring was elusive.
Sheffield found the Barons net for the first time on the twenty sixth minute, Charles Thomson doing the damage. And immediately on the restart the Senators had their second goal, this time courtesy of Josh Gent.
With the Senators now very much back in the game the sides battled it out for the remainder of the period but without further scoring.
With their long unbeaten run now under threat, the Barons dug in and dominated the final period.
Three minutes in and Rich Slater secured the Barons a crucial two goal buffer with his side’s fourth goal of the night. The remainder of the period saw the sway of play being held by the Barons but with no further scoring.
With three minutes to go, though, the Senators pulled their net minder in favour of an extra forward but it was a move which backfired on them as Andrew Whitehouse fired into an empty net.
Rob Eley rounded off the scoring for Solihull.
Tomorrow, the Barons travel to meet Widness Wild and on Sunday welcome the Cheshire side for the reverse fixture (face off 6pm).