SOLIHULL Barons showed spells of flair against Telford Tigers but slipped to a 9-4 home defeat.
Barons were first to put the puck into the net after four minutes as they made the most of a powerplay and the man advantage with Luke Brittle netting.
Tigers pegged things back within a couple of minutes as they made the most of their own powerplay with Doug Clarkson getting the mark in his goals column. Solihull were quickly back in the lead as Niklas Ottosson tapped in an easy shot on the back post.
Barons’ lead held until the final few minutes of the period when Clarkson and Joseph Hazeldine added late period goals to give the visitors the scoring advantage heading to the dressing room.
The middle period was all Tigers as Solihull struggled to clear their lines or exert any form of offensive purchase on Telford.
The dominance of the visitors was duly rewarded through the middle 20 minutes with a trio of goals courtesy of Adam Taylor, Hazeldine and Andrew McKinney.
The final period began with Tigers quickly tapping in another couple of goals to give the visitors a six-goal cushion.
This seemed to spark the Barons back into life as Solihull posed a few more questions of the Tigers defence and they were rewarded with a pair of goals.
The first of these saw Dave Rogers steal the puck deep in the Barons own end before skating the length of the rink and fooling Denis Bell for the Barons’ third at the 50-minute mark.
Tigers would strike once more before Brittle scored with a neat effort, rounding the back of the net before wrapping round the nearside post for Solihull’s final goal.
Barons make the trip to Whitley Warriors on Sunday.