SOLIHULL Vixens secured a fifth straight win in the Women’s National Ice Hockey Elite League with a 7-4 victory against Guildford Lightning.
Before the game both teams honoured a minute’s silence to remember the four children who died tragically after falling through ice on Babbs Mill Lake with a bucket collection was held to support this cause.
Both teams went into the game with short benches due to junior game clashes and Christmas travel plans for some overseas players.
Having endured a long break since their last competitive fixture, Vixens found it difficult to get up to speed with the game and were punished after just seven minutes by a Guildford goal.
However, Grace Garbett provided a quick response to level before the break as the first period ended all square.
The two teams traded goals in the second period as Saffron Allen put Vixens ahead only for Guildford to draw level.
Solihull were back in front when Jodie Alderson-Smith struck twice and Garbett added another only for Guildford to reduce the deficit to a single goal with two goals before the end of the period.
However, Vixens controlled the third period to seal a comfortable victory as Alderson-Smith and Paige Dance completed the scoring with a goal apiece to ensure Solihull remain unbeaten this season.
Vixens start the New Year away at Guildford on Saturday, January 7 before returning to home ice on Saturday, January 14 with the face-off at 6.25pm.