ICE HOCKEY: TRAVEL delays didn’t stop Solihull Barons from earning two crucial league points at the weekend as they faced Whitley Warriors and Hull Pirates.
Delays travelling to Whitley on Saturday forced Barons to take straight to the ice without a warm up period, and their lack of ice time told as the Warriors raced to a 3-1 lead by the end of the first period.
Goals from Andy Whitehoue, Tomas Janak and a second for Josh Bruce levelled the game in the second period as Whitley only found the net once in the middle period.
A scoreless final period forced the game to overtime, during which Luke Brittle secured the win for Barons with a marker three minutes in.
SUNDAY’S game saw Barons suffer a one-goal loss against Hull Pirates.
Barons came from three goals behind to level the game before a late strike from James Chilcott dashed hopes of a dramatic win.
Pirates were first to find the net when Jason Hewitt’s shot from the left hand circle put Hill ahead on three minutes.
A pair of early middle period goals stretched Hull’s lead to three before Ed Eaton gave home fans something to cheer about with a sweetly taken shot on the powerplay to make it 3-1.
Eaton’s goal sparked life into Barons’ game, and they were soon level a Dave Rogers hit Solihull’s second goal before Tomas Janak scored minutes later to level the game.
Barons hopes were ultimately dashed as James Chilcott pushed Pirates into the lead with ten minutes to play.
Solihull pushed hard but were unable to pull back the goal to force overtime.
Barons face another busy weekend, first taking on Solway Sharks on Saturday before welcoming Dragons to Hobs Moat on Sunday (6pm).