THE BARONS continued to show their superiority in the NIHL Laidler Conference thanks to a comfortable 7-2 win at home to rivals Nottingham Lions.
A 23rd consecutive win for the Barons on Sunday evening pushed them nine points clear of Telford Tigers.
Both teams produced competitive hockey in the first period and although the hosts had the balance of the play, neither side were able to exert significant spells of pressure on the opposition net.
And by the end of the first period the sides were separated by just one single goal with Rich Slater picking up a rebounded shot from Joe Henry on a powerplay six minutes into the game.
The second period began brightly for the Barons with the Solihull side camped in the Lions end.
It took five minutes for Ryan Selwood to slot the puck under Warren Gilfoyle in the Lions net and it soon became 3-0 just after the half-hour mark thanks to Joe Henry who scored from a rebound after Tomas Janak had been denied.
The Lions however kept to their plan and were continually asking questions of the Barons.
And with two minutes of the second period to go a defensive giveaway by Solihull was seized on by Ivo Dimitrijevs who gave the Lions their opening goal.
But within a minute however the Barons had regained a three goal advantage after Joe Henry made the most of a Rich Slater breakaway to lodge the puck firmly into the roof of the Lions net.
The final period began for the Barons with a beautifully clean goal with Rich Slater playing the puck from behind the Lions net to Tomas Janak square in front who found plenty of space around Gilfoyle for the Barons fifth.
With ten minutes to go, and against the general run of play, the Lions pulled one back with a second goal through Warren Tait.
But Tom Soar restored Solihull’s advantage in the 53rd minute with a short handed effort and three minutes later Soar added the Barons seventh and final goal of the night as he and Niklas Ottosson made the most of Lions defensive frailties.
The Barons will not have long to wait until they face the Lions once again with the two sides squaring up in Nottingham on Sunday.