Solihull Barons squander great position - The Solihull Observer

Solihull Barons squander great position

Solihull Editorial 20th Sep, 2018   0

SOLIHULL Barons came back from their NIHL North Division One clash in Sheffield with no points and plenty of things to think about after a 4-1 lead was overturned by newly-promoted Sutton Sting who ran out 5-4 winners.

Solihull opened the scoring after eight minutes, with Josh Bruce finding the net off of a feed from Luke Brittle before the home side levelled up thanks to Ryan Johnson.

By the period end Niklas Ottosson had worked his magic on the powerplay to the end, however, the home side no doubt felt a bit hard done by after they had a goal washed out.

With both sides taking a slew of minor penalties, the new late-hit penalty catching Barons and Sting alike, five-on-five play was the exception and the game ebbed and flowed.

The Barons, though, were able to make the most of the opportunities they had and built an apparent comfortable cushion by the 30-minute mark.

Brittle made the most of an over-committed Sting and broke away for a short handed goal a minute a minute into the second period with Niklas Ottosson getting his second five minutes later.

Sting stuck to their game and Ryan Johnson pulled a goal back to keep the home side in the game heading into the final period.

The final period saw the visitors and in particular Slovak import Stanislav Lascek gradually reel in the Barons lead, first with a powerplay goal on the 43rd minute before bringing up the equaliser four minutes later and driving home his hat-trick and the winner for the Sting with three minutes left on the clock.

The Barons return to Solihull this Saturday when they face old foes Whitley Warriors.


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