THE WINNING streak stretched to 50 games in all competitions for Solihull Barons after they recorded a convincing 12-2 victory over Bradford Bulldogs in the NIHL Laidler Conference on Sunday.
Despite the gulf between the two sides the opening period was evenly matched with the Bulldogs living up to their name by putting on a tenacious defensive display.
However the opening goal came courtesy of the Barons when Jake Larkin’s shot was parried in front of goal where a grateful Tom Soar was ready to place the puck in the net.
The Barons would find the net for a second time just shy of 12 minutes with Larkin taking a chance in the area around the Bradford goal crease.
While the period was largely being played in the Bulldogs end, the Yorkshire side were not afraid to take their opportunities when they arose and Joshua Richardson pulled one back in a move which saw the Bulldogs run a surprise play straight up the middle and into the Barons net.
The second period however was much more along the lines suggested by the two sides’ respective league positions.
The period was played almost entirely in the Bradford end and the Barons quickly converted their pressure into goals with Eddie Eaton scoring shortly after the puck drop and by the end of the second period the Barons had found the net a further seven times with Eric Bakalar rounding off the scoring with a top shelf effort in the final minute of the period.
In the third the hosts eased up on their opponents who regained some of their first period form. Goals by Josh Bruce and Rob Eley would see the Barons end the evening having slotted the puck into the Bradford net 12 times but the visitors were able to grab a late consolation.
The Barons hit the road this Sunday when they travel to North Wales to take on the Deeside Dragons who have traditionally been one of the stronger sides in the division.
The Dragons have long eyed promotion but have had a poor season by their standards and will be looking for a strong run into the season end.