Solihull Barons 7 Deeside Dragons 5
THE Barons versus Dragons, Steve Perks Memorial Trophy game in front of a bumper crowd last Sunday was a classic evening of sport well worthy of the award status, writes Gareth Thomson.
A rocking first 15 minutes saw commitment and penalties traded until Barons captain Perry Doyle was sent for an early shower when he jumped out of the penalty box to protect forward Joe Henry in an altercation.
The resulting powerplay saw Deeside open the scoring through Peter Founds but the Barons simply upped the effort across every one of their lines.
This was rewarded with the equaliser five minutes into the second, Mike Rodger scoring on the powerplay. A Rich Slater breakaway was then met by Neil Adams to put Solihull into the lead.
Henry followed this with a crafty wrap around goal. The luxury of a two goal buffer was short lived, goals for Deeside’s James Parsons and Tom King levelling it to set up a barn-storming final 20.
The Barons effort continued as Rich Slater broke away, five minutes into the third period to score a superb short handed goal but within seconds the Dragons Founds balanced things up again.
Solihull made the most of a powerplay for their fifth, Henry lofting a sweet shot past into the Dragons’ net. Barons man of the match Slater then took goals six and seven for Solihull.
Founds got a late hat-trick goal but the hard graft of the home side ensured the points and the Steve Perks Memorial trophy went to Solihull.
The Barons are back on Solihull ice this weekend when they take on the Blackburn Eagles in the penultimate home game of the season. Face off 6pm.