Sheffield Senators 4
Solihull Barons 1
SUNDAY saw the Sheldon Jewellery Centre Solihull Barons go down to defeat away against the National Ice Hockey League surprise package side the Sheffield Senators, writes Gareth Thomson.
The first period saw the Barons with the bulk of possession but they could not convert this into pucks. After 20 minutes the sides went into the dressing room goalless.
The second period witnessed further Barons pressure from the start, however it was the Senators who broke the deadlock, Tom Humphries scoring on Hayden Laverick’s goal.
The Barons upped the pressure and this was rewarded as a Toni Scialdone pass found Lui Brindle who tapped the puck in.
The Sheffield side continued to make the most of their chances particularly when running their first lines, with these players combining twice in the final few minutes of the second to see the Barons go into the third two goals down.
Midway through the final period, Solihull’s Erik Bakalar appeared to score from close in on the Sheffield net. Controversially however, the referee in waved the goal off.
As the Barons pushed forward in their attempt to get the goals needed to salvage a point, the Sheffield side retained their composure with Nathan Britton scoring their fourth and their final goal of the night.
Barons have a trip to the league basement side the Blackburn Eagles on Sunday evening and November 11 will then see the Barons return to the Solihull ice when they have a chance to overturn Sunday’s result as they welcome the Senators to Hobs Moat.