ICE HOCKEY: A FOUR goal deficit proved too much of a mountain to climb for Solihull Barons as they slipped to a two-goal loss against Telford Tigers.
The loss continued Barons’ frustrating start to the season, which sees them sit ninth in NIHLN1 league table.
It was Barons’ second loss in two weeks against the Tigers, who currently top the league table.
Tigers wasted no time in asserting their dominance on the game as they raced to a three-goal lead courtesy of a brace from Jack Watkins while his brother Tom put the visiting side in control.
A rare jersey swap was required at the start of the second period as Tigers’ orange and Barons’ red shirts clashed on the ice.
Telford scored their fourth goal shortly into the second period when Joe Miller lit the lamp to put the game beyond Solihull’s reach.
Despite trailing, Barons did have a moment of hope when Niklas Ottosson and Tom Soar combined twice within the space of 60 seconds to score a pair of quick goals for the Barons.
But as the clock ticked down, so too did Barons’ hopes of winning as Solihull skipper Josh Bruce dropped the gloves with Tigers man Richard Plant.
The Barons will now regroup ahead of next weekend when they face the long trip to Dumfries on Saturday to take on the Solway Sharks before getting back home in time for a home clash with Nottingham Lions on Sunday evening.
Face-off is at 6pm.
Picture: J&K Davies.