Sutton Sting hammer Solihull Barons to claim 11-2 win

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Sutton Sting proved far too strong for Solihull Barons as they claimed a massive 11-2 win.

It was the visitors to Ice Sheffield that took an early lead following poor decision making by the home defence.

The home team rallied and coach Johnson had some calming words, and within no time at all the Sting were peppering young Oliver Johnson in the Solihull net.

Their hard work and endeavor paid off even though Solihull were on the Power Play, when Sutton’s own, and son of former Sheffield Steeler Robbie Saunders, broke through the middle of the Power Play unit to skate full ice and easily beat Netminder Johnson with an accurate wrist shot.

Sutton’s second was another short handed goal, and it again fell to Charlie Saunders in a repeat performance, only this time he beat Johnson with a lovely solo effort goal timed.

Sutton’s captain, JK Smith then set the tempo for the game with two massive clean hits which certainly put the visitors on the back foot, but the period ended 2-1 in favour of the much improving Sutton sting.

The second period got underway, but despite the constant bombardment at the visitors end, it was Solihull who showed determination to find the equaliser through an even handed goal timed scored by Smith.

But that was where the scoring opportunities would end for the visitors, as the home team stepped up the pressure and began to take apart the defensive unit and netminder, with nine unanswered goals over the remaining periods.

Two more for the inform Charlie Saunders, a hat trick for Harry Bridges, two from Owen Lawton, one for captain, JK Smith, and a cracking goal for young rookie Oliver Watson completed the scoring

After the game coach Johnson said: “We started slowly, and fair play to our visitors, they got out of the blocks much quicker than we did.

“We were caught and lucky not to go one or two more behind early on.

“That said my team is in transition, and we have some new faces who haven’t played much since last season.

“The experienced guys delivered and took the game by the horns, Captain JK Smith stepped up the physicality to put the best players Solihull had on the backfoot, and then Charlie Saunders, Owen Lawton and Harry Bridges proved their quality and took the game beyond our visitors.

“As per last week, we took an important two points from the game, but again there is still plenty to improve.

“I will be happy once we can get all four lines firing, and we reduce and hopefully eliminate our mistakes, then, and only then will we be able to compete with league favourites for a share in the honours.”