Solihull Barons 3 Sheffield Senators 2
A LARGE support were privileged to witness a thrilling game of ice hockey on Sunday evening as Solihull Barons held on to defeat a determined Sheffield Senators team, writes Gareth Thomson.
The Hobs Moat ice threatened to melt under the heat generated by a frenetic first period, however both sides stuck to their gameplans and the first period ended goalless.
At 31 minutes, captain Chris Allen opened the scoring - a powerplay shot through traffic. The positive approach was again rewarded a few minutes later with Joe Henry taking Solihull two up.
The Sheldon Jewellery Centre Barons found themselves three goals to the good with ten minutes to go in the game. Rob Eley, who had had a fractious relationship with the Senators, made the most of a chance to set off riotous celebrations for the Solihull forward and the Hobs Moat crowd.
If much of the rink thought it was game over, no-one told Sheffield. Thomas Humphries took his opportunity to catch the Barons flat footed to give the Senators their first goal of the night.
This was then doubled in a powerplay to cut the Barons advantage to a single goal with five minutes to go but the Barons clung on for the win.
The Barons return to Solihull ice on the 3rd of February when they play host to the Fylde Flyers - face off 6pm.