Solihull Barons 16 Blackburn Eagles 2
THIS fixture against basement side Blackburn Eagles was always going to go one way for the Sheldon Jewellery Centre Solihull Barons, particularly when the Lancashire side showed up missing key experienced players, writes Gareth Thomson.
The first period saw the puck find the back of the Blackburn net five times, including a close in effort from Mike Rodger, a pair from Rich Slater and a single from Jake Larkin.
Blackburn countered early in the second via captain Scott Barnett but within a few minutes Solihull retaliated with two quick goals including the first of three from Phil Lee. Eagles youngster, Harry Bolton showed nerve on the resulting penalty shot to put away a second for Lancashire.
Within a minute, a neat one two between Neil Adams and Rich Slater saw the latter clock up his third of four goals, while defenceman Phil Lee tapped the puck in from just outside the Blackburn goal crease.
The final period saw Solihull rack up a further seven goals without answer. Rich Slater got his fourth, Andrew Whitehouse a couple and Neil Adams and Rob Eley a single apiece. For spectacle Chris Allen raced into the Blackburn zone, simultaneously releasing a thunderous slapshot which gave Eagles netminder Nicholas Saxton little chance of a save.
It was however a delighted Phil Lee who used the final period to notch up his hat trick, a landmark 150th league goal in a Barons shirt and a man of the match performance.
The Barons play Blackburn away this Saturday before taking a well-deserved week off.
Man of the Match : Phil Lee