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Ice hockey: Flintshire Freeze suffer loss to title rivals Solihull

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AN army of fans followed Solihull Barons to the Deeside Ice Rink for their top of the table clash with the Flintshire Freeze on Sunday.

Freeze were fresh from a 4-1 victory against the Lancashire Raptors at Blackburn on Saturday night but the Barons shot them down instantly in ENIHL North B.

Freeze summer signing Simon Furnival continued to light up the rink, giving his side the lead unassisted with a shot from a tight angle.

With the promotion advantage at stake there was plenty of pushing, shoving and hard checks from both sides resulting in a scrappy game.

Crosby made some good saves, plucking the puck from the air repeatedly as Freeze defended well while down to four players after Marc Lovell was penalised for hooking.

Dean Tonks squeezed in his first goal to level the score late in the first and with 10 seconds of the period to go, the Barons’ Phil Lee took a nice shot to give the visitors a 2-1 lead.

The start of the second period saw more brave saves from Crosby but the Barons took advantage of a powerplay to extend their lead.

A soon as the Freeze were back to full strength Furnival took his second make it 3-2.

But the Barons were in the ascendancy and scored again before Lovell pegged them back.

The Barons changed netminder and hit three quickfire goals to take the advantage.

The third period opened with the Barons continuing to score and they hit double figures before a penalty reduced them to four players.

They still managed another goal before Chris Jones scored a final consolation strike for the Freeze.

On Sunday the Bradford Bulldogs visit Deeside (6.30pm).