SOLIHULL Barons showed no signs of a NIHL Midlands Cup hangover after seeing off Sutton Sting 4-1 in their Moralee Division clash.
In their first game back in league action after their cup heroics, the Barons started the game on the backfoot against their fourth-placed rivals and twice had their pipework rattled at Hobs Moat Road.
Solihull netminder Sam Hewitt had to keep out a penalty stroke to keep the game scoreless, a save which helped Barons to go in front through Dave Rogers’ effort on 14.38.
Taking a slender lead into the second period, the Barons doubled their advantage heading into the final 20 when Matt Maurice struck on the counter at 22.03.
And with two quickfire goals added minutes into the third period, the Barons ran away with the tie. First, Maurice finished off a run down the right with a close-range blast that flew in at 43.41. Then, Rogers converted from Phil Mulcahy’s lay-off during a powerplay at 45.27.
While Hewitt’s clean sheet was tarnished by a Hadden Bolstridge goal at 50:06, the points were in the bag after a 13th win of the campaign.
Next up for the Barons is a home clash with Whitley Warriors on Sunday (5.30pm).