SOLIHULL Barons moved up to seventh in the NIHL North 1 division after cruising to a comfortable 8-0 victory over Sheffield Senators on Sunday evening.
The Sheffield team were familiar faces to the Solihull Ice Rink with the two sides winning promotion from the Laidler Division last season.
But it was the home side who were able to record their second win of the season after being boosted by the return of injured Joe Henry.
The Baron’s set out with a plan to take full points from the fixture and they got off to the perfect start by taking the lead through a close range rebound shot by Charlie Hammerton on three minutes.
The remainder of the period would remain scoreless despite opportunities for both sides and with solid Senators defence the Barons forwards were left frustrated in their attempts to extend their lead.
These frustrations would be quickly eased as the second period faced-off, Josh Bruce getting a goal two minutes in.
Five minutes into the period and the Barons Nikas Ottosson made the most of a short-handed solo breakaway up the ice to sweetly slot the puck between Senators goalie Mark Hartleys legs and into the net.
The Barons wound up an impressive period with a Joe Henry goal in the final two minutes, a close in shot from a feed by Josh Bruce.
The final period would start with further scoring for the Barons. Niklas Ottosson finding Josh Bruce alone and in space in the neutral zone to give the latter a break away and the Barons fifth goal.
By the 46th minute the Barons had goal number six when captain Rob Eley knocked in his own rebounded shot. With five minutes to go Solihull found the net yet again through Tom Soar and it was Soar again who rounded things off for the hosts in the final minute with goal number eight.
The Barons are not likely to be among the stronger sides in this year’s league, but a comfortable win will give them confidence going forward after a slow start to the season.
Up next is an away fixture at Sheffeld Senators again this Saturday before they face a long trip to Billingham Stars on Sunday.