Solihull Barons overcame the newly-formed Telford NL Tigers, the only other undefeated team in the Laidler Division, on their first visit to the Hobs Moat ice.
The Bristol Street Motors Barons showed their league-leading credentials on the three-minute mark as neat interplay between Joe Henry and Josh Bruce saw the former open the scoring.
Within a minute the Barons had doubled their lead, Eddie Eaton sliding the puck behind the Tigers’ keeper and into the net.
By mid-period the Barons had picked up a couple more goals, Josh Bruce from close in for number three, while a short-handed breakaway by the same player saw a sprawling Telford netminder unable to parry his final shot.
The remainder of the period saw the Barons and Tigers trading goals – Thomas Janek and Josh Bruce scoring for the Barons, while Karol Jets and Josh Cosgrove put two on the board for Telford.
The second period saw Niklas Ottosson bag Solihull’s seventh goal mid-period. The Tigers were, however, still not out of the game and made the most of chances gifted to them.
A two-man breakaway on 38 minutes saw Macauley Heywood keep the Tigers within touching distance going into the final 20 minutes.
The final period was largely Barons pressure, but with finishing touches not quite there and solid Telford netminding, the score stayed as it was until the final five minutes when Eddie Eaton was fed the puck from behind the net by Niklas Ottosson for Solihull goal number eight.
A Telford rush with two minutes to go brought the Barons’ advantage back to four goals, while a penalty shot in the final minute in favour of Barons’ man-of-the-match Josh Bruce was trapped by Telford netminder and their man-of-the-match Denis Bell.
The Barons are back on home ice this Sunday when the Hull Jets make their only trip of the season to Solihull for a double-points game. Face-off 6pm.