THE AWAY jinx continues for Solihull Barons after they slipped to their third consecutive defeat on the road at Blackburn Hawks in the National Ice Hockey League Moralee Conference.
It was always going to be a big ask for the Barons and that proved to be the case on Sunday after they made the long trip back home on the receiving end of a 8-2 defeat.
While elsewhere in the Moralee conference every game has the prospect of going either way, the Hawks have emerged as runaway league leaders having yet to drop a point this season.
The Barons however put up a strong showing with the scoreline not fully conveying the efforts of the Solihull side.
The first period saw the Barons fire no less than 27 shots at goal but it was the hosts who raced into a 3-0 lead.
But the visitors fought back and their efforts were finally rewarded with two goals in the 18th minute thanks to efforts from Joe Henry and Rob Eley.
This counter from the Barons would however be tempered by a Ben Simister goal for the Hawks to give the hosts 4-2 scoreline in favour of the home side going into the second period.
The remainder of the game would see the sides evenly matched in open ice play but outstanding play by the Hawks goalie Danny Brittle would ensure the puck never again crossed the Blackburn goal line.
At the other end the Hawks were able to find the net four more times to leave a rather disappointing 8-2 scoreline for the Barons travelling support.
The Barons have no games this weekend before a busy start to December. They first welcome Sheffield Steelers to Solihull on December 2 in a special fixture to support captain Rob Eley’s 19 for 19 testimonial campaign in aid of Ward 19 at Heartlands hospital.
And the following Sunday (December 6) the Barons are back on league duty when the Sutton Sting visit Solihull for the first time in a number of years.