Telford Tiger 3 Solihull Barons 4
Solihull Barons 16 Coventry Blaze 2
The Bristol Street Motors Solihull Barons had a busy weekend and one which saw them push their winning streak in competitive ties, beyond 40 games.
On Saturday, the Barons made the short trip to Telford Tigers in what was undoubtedly the squad’s toughest game of the season and one which came close to upsetting their unbeaten record.
Missing a number of key players and against a Telford side who had only dropped four points themselves this season, the tie was always one to watch.
For the travelling Barons support, early nerves were settled by captain Rob Eley, finding the net after only three minutes.
Despite continuous pressure from the Barons on the Telford goal, an outstanding Denis Bell in the Tigers net kept out everything, while Telford countered with two goals of their own to leave the Barons on the back foot going into the final period.
Things only got tougher as the final period opened, Bradley Betteridge putting the Tigers two goals to the good thanks to a powerplay in the 43rd minute.
The Barons comeback would, however, be late and sweet with goals for Simon Harrison, Erik Bakalar and Tom Soar giving the Barons a narrow win after a tense final period.
Sunday saw the Barons welcome the Coventry NL Blaze to Hobs Moat for the latest in a series of charged A45 derbies.
In a fractious game the Barons would quickly show their dominance, with Dave Rogers, Joe Henry, Josh Bruce, Tom Soar and Rich Slater all finding the net for the Barons in the first period, while Charlie Hammerton pulled one back for the Blaze.
The second period saw the Barons continue to stretch their lead with a flurry of goals, the highlightperhaps being Tom Soar racing up the ice before unleashing a rocket of a shot which all but lifted the Coventry net off its moorings for the Barons 9th goal.
The final period would see the Barons continue to pad their totals with goals for Rob Eley, Edward Eaton, Richard Crowe and Joe Henry, with a consolation effort from Philip Mulcahy for the Blaze.
n The Barons are now off for a well deserved Christmas break before they return on January 10 away at Sheffield and January 17 at Widnes, with the Wild making the return trip to Solihull Sunday, January 18. Face-off 6pm.