Hull NL Stingrays 2 Solihull Barons 3
THE return of Hobs Moat favourite Sam Hewitt as Barons netminder proved crucial in helping Solihull return with both points from a snowy National Ice Hockey League trip to Hull on Sunday.
Hewitt marked his return with a penalty save and a man of the match performance as he back stopped a determined Barons squad keen to gather the road points crucial to their promotion hopes.
It could however have turned out differently with the Barons dealt a heavy blow half way through the first period as first line winger Rich Slater was dismissed from the game after catching Hull’s Jordan Fisher with his stick.
With the Barons short handed for much of the first period it was a strong defensive and goal tending effort from Solihull which ensured they went into the interval without conceding a goal.
Strong play early in the second period saw a goal apiece from Barons defencemen Phil Lee and Chris Allen to open up a two goal lead.
Hull refused to let their heads dip and worked hard to cut the deficit. Jordan Fisher nicking a first goal for the Stingrays just before the end of the second period.
Mike Rodger rounded off a strong points night for Barons offensive defencemen with the third and the final Solihull goal of the night. As last weekend, the Barons lead was cut to a single goal with five minutes left but again Solihull hung on for the win.
Barons face another tough away fixture this Sunday when they take on league leaders the Nottingham Lions.
A large support is expected to travel through from Solihull as Bellerby’s roster hopes to rest the points from the Lions.
The Barons return to home ice on Sunday February 3 when they take on the Fylde Flyers.
With both Coventry sides playing away that evening it will be an ideal opportunity for all West Midlands hockey fans to get their fix of ice action.