FREE-SCORING Solihull Barons put relegation-threatened Nottingham Lions to the sword in Sunday’s 11-1 rout at the National Ice Centre.
It keeps Daniel Brittle’s men in third place in the Moralee Division, five behind Whitley Warriors and an additional point behind leaders Solway Sharks.
Going into the game against a side who had not picked up a single point in their 15 league outings this season, the onus was on Solihull to win in convincing fashion.
And so they did, getting the opening score at 5.37 when captain Marcus Maynard broke the deadlock.
His goal allowed teammates Phil Mulcahy (6.18) and Matt Maurice (7.15 and 9.47) to put the visitors in full control after ten minutes played, although the Lions’ Connor Glossop (16.23) closed the gap slightly with a powerplay strike before the end of the first period.
Callum Bowley’s (28.53) effort approaching the mid-way mark paved the way for Richard Slater (36.48) and Maurice (39.16) to add to the rout in the middle period.
Four further unanswered goals from Phil Mulcahy (42.33), Maynard (47.01), a fourth of the game for Maurice (47.18) and Daniel Mulcahy (52.59) then compounded Nottingham’s misery in the final 20.
On Saturday, Barons head to Sutton Sting (7.30pm), before welcoming Billingham Stars to Hobs Moat Road on Sunday (5.30pm).