Solihull Barons 1
Nottingham Lions 2
SOLIHULL Barons came away from Sunday’s National Ice Hockey league clash against the Nottingham Lions rueing what might have been, writes Gareth Thomson.
In a closely fought fixture against the league leading Lions, lapses in the first period proved to be too much for the Sheldon Jewellery Centre sponsored team to overcome.
The game started brightly enough for Barons with Jake Larkin spinning the puck into the Nottingham net off assists from line mates Rich Slater and Joe Henry within the first three minutes of the game. Over the next ten minutes both sides had their opportunities but it was the Lions who were gifted a goal as Gareth O’Flaherty seized his chance following a goal tending mix up.
With half a minute of the final period remaining, the Lions hit back again, Luke Branin poking the puck into a gap just inside Barons’ left hand post.
Barons heads remained up as they entered the second period but came up against Sam Gospel in the Lions net and were unable to cut the deficit.
The final period was much of the same with Barons leading the play but Gospel’s netting remained untouched.
Barons are back on the ice this Sunday against the Hull NL Stingrays.