THE WINNING streak continues for Solihull Barons in the NIHL Moralee Conference league after they beat Midland rivals Telford Tigers 6-4 on Sunday evening.
It proved to be an exciting clash between the two rivals at the Hobs Moat Ice Rink but it was the home side who edged an entertaining hour of hockey to move up to third in the league table.
If there were any thoughts that the two sides might start the high stakes game cagely, these were dispelled within a minute of the start as both squads were quick to find the net, with Niklas Ottosson scoring for the Barons.
By ten minutes in however the Tigers had found the net a further two times to put the Barons down on the scoresheet if not the overall play.
The remainder of the period would see a strong offensive performance from the Barons but despite peppering the Telford net, Denis Bell, the Tigers net minder held things solid for his side.
The second period would see the Barons given a number of powerplay opportunities as the Tigers began to give up penalties.
These opportunities would go unconverted but by the final five minutes of the period Solihull had managed to start to find some gaps in the Tigers defence with Ed Eaton, Tomas Janak and Thomas Soar all putting the puck beyond Denis Bell’s claws and in doing so gave the Barons a single goal advantage going into the final twenty minutes.
The hosts extended their lead early in the final period with Ottosson scoring his second of the evening before the margin was again trimmed back by the ever-resilient Tigers.
By the final minute of the period the Tigers pulled their netminder in favour of a further attacker in the hope of securing a draw and a point but when the puck fell to the Barons with seconds to go the win was inked with a goal into the empty Tigers net.
This weekend Barons face a tough trip north to Dumfries to take on the Solway Sharks before renewing acquaintances with the Telford Tigers in Telford on Sunday.