TC Cars Solihull Barons 9 Blackburn Hawks 2
EIHA Moralee Division
BARONS continued their impressive form with a comfortable win over Blackburn Hawks on Sunday evening.
The hosts were the first to find the net after just two minutes when some neat rushing play between Ruskin Hughes, Andy Whitehouse and Matt Maurice saw the latter notch up the opening goal.
Less than a minute later, a neat close-in backhand from Callum Bowley off a Niklas Ottosson feed doubled the Solihull lead.
A tripping penalty by Blackburn gave the Barons the first powerplay of the night after six minutes and the chance was not wasted as Tom Soar sniped a floating shot in from the left-hand circle to make it 3-0.
Solihull continued to punish the visitors with a further goal on nine minutes when Ottosson displayed some astonishing stick handling to carry the puck up the ice before Bowley provided the finish.
The second period start caught the Barons off guard as an energised Hawks came out of the traps quickly with two quickfire goals in the first two minutes.
The first came on 21:21 by James Neil tapping in a rebound off Barons goalie Sam Hewitt’s pads and this was quickly followed by a second from Petr Valusiak who made the most of gaps in the Solihull defence.
The second period marked a step-up in both the speed and physicality of play from both sides and it would be the Barons who would edge it in these.
The home side’s lead was increased after 25 minutes as Soar broke away for the Barons’ fifth before Ottosson made it 6-2 with a powerplay effort just beyond the game’s halfway mark.
The final period yielded three more Barons goals. The first on 47 minutes was a beautiful slot in from Rich Slater after some clever Ottosson play before Soar notched the eighth with seven minutes left.
The final minute gave the Barons their final goal of the night as Phil Mulcahy crafted his way up the right side of the ice before steering the puck into the Blackburn net.
Barons visit Whitley Warriors on Saturday before hosting their official Christmas game when they take on Widnes Wild in a Moralee Cup tie on Sunday, December 15.