Whitley Warriors achieved an 8-5 victory over Solihull Barons at Hillheads on Sunday, writes Emma Hill.
After Solihull took the lead on 2:10 through two-way player Matthew Maurice, the Warriors hit back less than two minutes later when forward Callum Watson’s rebounded shot was netted by DJ Good to make it 1-1.
Moments after, Watson kicked the puck into the net but Good secured a second goal for his side just before the midpoint of the period and went on to complete his hat-trick on 13:53 by looping the puck over netminder Sam Hewitt.
Maurice resorted to crosschecking and incurred a penalty in the process. However, heartened by Whitley’s inability to score on the power play, Solihull seized possession to make it 3-2 with a shorthanded shot from forward Adam Brittle on 18:54.
Restoring their two-goal cushion when Alternate Captain Sam Zajac shot from a narrow angle on 23:45, Whitley were unstoppable and made it 5-2 less than four minutes later as Alternate Captain Jordan Barnes slotted Phil Edgar’s backhanded pass past Hewitt.
Solihull were then halted on the breakaway when shot stopper Jordan Boyle tripped his opponent. Remaining a threat though shorthanded, the Warriors provoked a tripping offence from defenceman Elliot Perrin to see the Baron sidelined.
Just 13 seconds later, Whitley achieved a 6-2 lead as Good slotted home his fourth goal of the evening on 30:09.
After the Warriors returned to full strength, Ross was found guilty of roughing, allowing Solihull to score a delayed penalty goal as Swedish forward Niklas Ottosson raced free of Whitley’s defence to find the target.
The Barons hit the post three times in quick succession, and made it 6-4 as forward Luke Brittle netted from close range.
Whitley instantly regained their three-goal lead through player-coach David Longstaff.
Seventy six seconds later, the Warriors added another through Harley to make it 8-4, but with a power play the visitors capitalised courtesy of Daniel Harrison.