THE WAIT for a first win in the NIHL North One division is over for Solihull Barons after they beat Solway Sharks 5-4 at home on Sunday evening.
It was the visitors who were first to make their mark with Steven Balmer finding the Solihull net after only two and a half minutes.
By the 12th minute the Sharks had put the puck between the posts for a second time when Stuart Kerr fired a shot squarely at Barons’ goalie Josh Nicholls whose parry of the shot only served to loop the puck over his head and into the twine to double the Scottish side’s lead.
The Barons however would battle back to draw level by the period end. Towards the 16th minute Edward Eaton floated a shot in from the left and past a screened Kieran Hobbins in the Sharks net.
And four minutes later Eaton scored Barons’ second goal of the evening with a precisely taken shot, this time from the right hand circle.
Two minutes into the second period and the Barons took the lead for the first time of the evening.
A hard skate up the ice by Richard Crowe was saved by the Solway keeper only for Erik Bakalar to force the puck over the goalline to get the Barons third goal of the night.
Ten minutes later the Barons extended their lead to two goals. Tom Soar found a gap between the Solway keepers left knee and the post. By the period end however things would be tied up as Duncan Spiers and Struan Tonner took the visitors tally to four.
The final period would see only one more goal and it would be a Soar effort midway through the period to give Solihull the lead once more. A tense final ten minutes kept the large crowd on the edge of their seats but the hosts closed the game down for their first win of the 2015-16 season.
The Barons are next in action this Saturday when they travel to Sutton Sting.