BARONS concluded their Laidler league campaign on Sunday night with a 5-2 victory away at old rivals the Nottingham Lions.
Another victory ensured Darren Bellerby’s side completed the campaign with maximum points (72) having won every match.
Tom Soar got Barons off to the best possible start when he opened the scoring on Sunday after just three minutes. Soar converted a pass from behind the goal by ever present team mate Niklas Ottosson.
By ten minutes the Barons had doubled their lead through Joe Henry and the remainder of the period saw the visitors continue to pressure the Nottingham goal mouth without any joy.
By contrast the Lions took their chances and a late period powerplay for Nottingham was converted by Ben Wood and a few seconds later it looked as though the Barons’ lead was gone as the Lions again found the net, only for the goal to be washed out due to the puck entering the goal off a high stick.
The Lions would not have long to wait to draw level however thanks to a breakaway goal by Connor Glossop two minutes into the second period.
By the half hour mark the Barons were back in the ascendency. Rich Slater scored a messy goal from close in on the Lion’s netminder Warren Gilfoyle and a minute later Ottosson had a sweet effort whistle into the net to put the Barons two to the good.
The remainder of the period saw a series of soft penalties go against Solihull, however a strong penalty kill kept the score to 4-2 and a late attempt by Soar gave the Barons a fifth goal by period end.
The final period would continue to demonstrate good spells of play by both sides however the scoreline would remain unchanged and there would be no late comeback by the Lions.
Speaking after the game, Barons assistant captain Perry Doyle said: “It went well, the team did what they needed to, allowed us to wrap up a perfect league campaign and it has set us up nicely for the play-offs next weekend.
“The Lions played a good game though, their keeper was good and they have got lots of great, fast,young kids who can play all night.”
The Barons now need to prepare themselves for their Laidler division play off semi-final clash against Widnes Wild on Saturday at the Solihull rink.
The second semi-final will then take place on Sunday between the Telford Tigers and Sheffield Senators with the final on Easter Monday evening.