Solihull Barons 4 Hull NL Stingrays 4
THE Sheldon Jewellery Centre Solihull Barons struggled to make the most of their opportunities against a hard working and short-benched Hull Stingrays side who took a share of the points back to Humberside on Sunday night, writes Gareth Thomson.
The Barons started the National Ice Hockey League clash in convincing form. A total of 36 shots peppered every corner of the Hull goal in the first 20 minutes but the Solihull side only converted two. Despite their dominance, an interception by Hull Captain James Cobley late in the second period allowed him to trim the Barons advantage to a single goal by the period end.
Barons man of the match, Jake Larkin, took the opportunity early in the second period to again extend the lead with Hull’s Cobley getting his second goal just after the half hour. Mike Rodger quickly countered with the Barons fourth from close in, before Sam Towner hit back for Hull.
The final period again showed much of the same with the Barons holding the share of possession but lacking finish and Hull making the most of any lapses, with Cobley’s hat-trick coming five minutes from the end bringing the sides level.