Bradford Bulldogs 1 Solihull Barons 27
Solihull Barons 6 Sheffield Senators 1
The Bristol Street Motors Solihull Barons had a big four point weekend to ensure they remain firmly at the top of the National Ice Hockey League’s Laidler Division.
The Barons headed to Yorkshire on Saturday afternoon to take on the Bradford Bulldogs, a side returning to senior hockey this season after several years away.
The Bulldogs have found the return tricky, picking up penalties rather than wins and so it was little surprise when the Barons emerged victorious, the margin in quality however was much more than most would have thought.
On Sunday the Barons played host to the well-organised Sheffield Senators who, like the Barons, had started their season convincingly.
Barons’ only reward for their efforts over the first 20 minutes was just a single goal, Tom Soar playing the puck behind the Sheffield goal to Niklas Ottosson on the right post to open the scoring.
The second period saw the close battle continue with the Barons’ slender lead more than once looking vulnerable. On the half hour mark Josh Bruce steadied Solihull nerves, picking up a pass from Joe Henry on the blue line for the Barons’ second goal of the night.
A minute later the same pairing got goal number three, Bruce acting as provider as Henry roofed the shot into the Sheffield net.
The final period would see another three goals for the Barons. The first was thanks to a shot five minutes into the period by Perry Doyle stationed on the left hand point for goal number four, while Joe Henry got his second goal of the evening, going round the Sheffield keeper to slot the puck cleanly into the back of the net.
Sheffield broke back five minutes from the end of the period, Cameron King getting the Senators’ only goal of the tie.
The Barons however left their best effort for last. Niklas Ottosson waltzed the puck through the Senators defence before passing from prone on the ice to Eddie Eaton who calmly picked up Tom Soar in space, who in turn lofted the puck into the roof of the Telford net.
The Barons now face consecutive home games over the next two weekends. In a fortnight they welcome the Hull Jets to Solihull but this Sunday they face the newly formed but quickly developing Telford NL Tigers in a West Midlands derby.
Face-off is 6pm at Solihull Ice Rink.