Sheffield Senators 1 Solihull Barons 8
Solihull Barons 9 Nottingham Lions 3
Bristol Street Motors Solihull Barons had a happy trip to the North-East on Saturday to take on the Sheffield Senators in a table-topping clash.
The Barons worked their way into the game gradually, Joe Henry using a powerplay to open the scoring. By the end of the second the Barons had opened things up to leave a 4-0 buffer going into the final period.
A brace of goals by Josh Bruce would help see Solihull end the game with eight goals against a single from the Senators, though the play was considerably closer than the final scoreline suggested.
With only the single goal conceded on 25 shots, netminder Josh Nicholls was awarded the man of the match.
Sunday had the Barons back on home ice against the Nottingham Lions, the Barons opening up by pushing forward and having to counter a strong Lions defence and breakaway threat.
The first goal was via Edward Eaton in the sixth minute, a tap-in from a messy area around the netminder’s crease.
A Joe Henry effort doubled the lead a few minutes later leaving Lions netminder Warren Gilfoyle pawing the ice as the puck trickled beyond him.
The second period quickly saw the Barons add further to their tally, Thomas Soar surprising the Lions defence with a backhand effort two minutes into the period.
By mid-period, the Lions were back in the game. A four-minute penalty kill for the Barons went badly. Dan Hazeldine and Slawomir Kasprzak combined for two goals to cut the Lions’ deficit to a single goal. The Barons, however, quickly regained their composure and their advantage, Josh Bruce launching Gilfoyle’s water bottle from the top of his net with a shot from the right-hand face-off circle.
With five minutes to go slick passing play by the Barons’ first line of Josh Bruce, Thomas Janak and Joe Henry gave the Barons back their three-goal advantage.
The final period saw two further goals by Henry and two final-minute shorthanded goals by Janak and Bruce, while Hazeldine would get a consolation goal for the visitors.
The Barons now have a break from home ties for nearly a month, a series of away games ending when they welcome the Widnes Wild to Hobs Moat on November 16 (face-off 6pm).