SOLIHULL Barons recovered from a two-goal deficit to continue their perfect start to the NIHL Midland Cup and deal a first loss to Sutton Sting.
Phil Mulcahy was at the double to ensure a fifth win in as many games in the competitions for the Barons, which extends their overall winning streak to nine games following the 7-5 win.
Sutton had a sting in their tail and struck first when George Crawshaw found a way past Solihull netminder Daniel Brittle on six minutes, followed by teammate Oliver Mitchell’s deft finish to double the lead four minutes later.
The deficit kicked the Barons into gear as Phil Mulcahy pulled a goal back before the end of quarter one when firing underneath Sutton’s Nicholas Winters into the net.
As soon as the hosts had a taste for scoring, they could not stop, with Matt Maurice, Tom Soar and Daniel Mulcahy overturning the scoreline to put their side 4-2 in front mid-way through the second period.
Sting were not to go down without a fight though, and promptly scored twice without reply through Stanislav Lasceck and Sam Jones to level the scores once more.
The hosts quickly regained their two-goal cushion following Tomas Janak’s goal and a second of the night from Phil Mulcahy going into a heated final period.
Both sides had players sent to the sin bin with Richard Crowe and Andrew Hirst missing the remainder of the game for the Barons and Sting respectively.
Each side registered once more on the scoreline as a result, with Sam Jones on target for Sutton and Marcus Maynard capping off the scoring and the win for Solihull.
The Barons return to Moralee Division action at home to Solway Sharks on Saturday (5.30pm).