THE SOLIHULL Barons came away from the Skydome with a convincing 10-2 win against National League Coventry Blaze in the A45 derby which proved to be a one horse race for much of the tie.
The Barons were quick onto the score sheet with Tom Soar slotting the puck into the Blaze net within the first minute and by five minutes Rich Slater had doubled the lead.
Just before the 15-minute mark the defensive pairing of Perry Doyle and Richard Crowe combined for goal number three and by the time the teams returned to the dressing room at the end of the first period Ryan Selwood and Joe Henry had added a further two goals thanks to powerplay chances to put the visitors 5-0 in front.
The second period saw the Barons ease out their lead with a fairly dominant performance and tapped in a further three goals courtesy of Edward Eaton, Dave Rogers and Tom Soar.
The final period was a much more physical encounter and an incident between Andy Whitehouse (Barons) and Daniel Barker (Blaze) saw both players sent to the penalty box.
This was shortly followed by Barons captain for the night Perry Doyle being sent to the dressing room after a clash with Phillip Pollock, his opposite number for the Blaze.
Each side picked up two goals in the final period with Selwood and Soar doing the honours for the Barons to claim a comfortable 10-2 win.
The Barons have a slightly quieter weekend coming up due to the postponement of Saturday’s away tie against Hull.
They will be back on home ice this Sunday when they welcome the Widnes Wild to the Solihull rink.