Solihull Barons 12 Widnes Wild 3
Solihull Barons 4 Telford Tigers 3
The Bristol Street Motors Solihull Barons wound up a perfect season on Monday evening with a dramatic comeback from 3-0 down to score the game winning goal four seconds from the buzzer and clinch the Laidler Play-off Trophy and notch up a league and play-off double for the second year running.
Saturday night’s semi-final between the Barons and the Widnes Wild proved to be a highly entertaining tie.
With first versus fourth in the league there was little surprise that the Barons would dominate, however, the Wild gave a good account of themselves, keeping the Barons in touch for much of the game before Solihull eased out the win. In the second semi-final a fractious display saw the Telford Tigers better the Sheffield Senators with a 5-1 win.
So with a Barons versus Tigers final, an expectant crowd filed into Hobs Moat Ice Rink for what would turn out to be one of the most incredible games seen at the venue for many a year.
The first period was goalless with the Barons coming closest, Niklas Ottosson finding the net only to see his effort washed out.
By the second period the Tigers had started to bare their claws finding the net three times without loss in a six minute mid-game spell, to leave the Barons and their support rocked.
Crucially, within a minute, the deficit was brought back to only two goals, Tom Soar finding the net for the Barons and leaving the score 3-1 in favour of the Tigers going into the last twenty minutes of the season.
The Barons sensed their chance, however, despite being two goals down with 10 minutes to go.
Tom Soar got his second of the night and cut the deficit to one and with four minutes remaining, Soar yet again found the net to tie things up and set-up a sudden death play as the clock ticked down.
With the momentum with the Barons, a frantic goal mouth scramble allowed the Ryan Selwood to poke the puck netward and a mammoth roar from the Barons faithful confirmed they had won their 60th game in succession and secured the double