HOCKEY: SOLIHULL Barons dropped down a place to fourth in the NIHL North One after coming away from North Wales with a point following a 3-3 draw with The Dragons on Sunday evening.
The Dragons, newly promoted this season, have shown themselves to be well worthy of a position in the higher division and have proved particularly problematic for the Barons.
They opened the scoring on eight minutes when Alex Parry beat Sam Hewitt in the Baron’s net and five minutes later the hosts doubled their lead by catching Solihull out with a short handed goal, this time Markus Kankaanranta found the back of the net.
However the two-goal advantage was short-lived as Barons D-man Phil Knight pegged the Welsh side back to a single goal within a minute and the score remained 2-1 in favour of the home side going into the dressing rooms.
Within a couple of minutes of the puck dropping for the second period, the Barons’ impressive teenage forward Matt Maurice brought things level.
But again the Dragons pushed on and quickly re-established their advantage with Jacob Heron getting their third goal of the night.
The game had a bit of a lull around the half hour mark as the Barons’ Dave Rogers, who had been involved in a fight in the first period, took a nasty cut to the head which resulted in a hospital visit to be checked out.
The final period saw the Barons pushing forward in an effort to earn at least a point from their trip North and with six minutes to go Matt Maurice found the net once more for the equaliser and the split of the points.
The Barons now face travelling to Northumbria to take on the gritty Whitley Warriors on Sunday.