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Ice hockey: Flintshire Freeze struggle against champions-elect Solihull Barons

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RUNAWAY league leaders Solihull Barons underlined their superiority in the regular season as they defeated visiting Flintshire Freeze.

The Barons have built an unassailable lead in ENIHL North Two and will go up when the campaign ends.

The Freeze meanwhile are building for next season but they still battled hard for the pride of taking something off the Barons.

But four minutes in, the Barons opened the scoring through Erik Bakalar and when Richard Slater doubled the tally two minutes later, it was apparent the Freeze were up against it.

They managed to shut the Barons out for the rest of the period but the Barons at full strength this season have been a real force and the Freeze – currently in a phase of rebuilding their squad – have not been able to maintain a challenge.

In the second third of the game the Freeze delivered a solid defence which they made the Barons break down.

The home side did do it midway through, scoring via Rob Eley and a Dale Buckland double in a five-minute spell, but the Freeze locked down once more and the Barons went into the final act 5-0 up.

With nothing to lose, the Freeze came out of the blocks hard and in under three minutes of the third, Andy Chappell had pulled one back for the visitors.

Bakalar hit his second of the match but the Freeze again scored, James Parsons on target.

Sadly that was the end of the Freeze’s dogged resistance as Charlie Hammerton and Buckland finished them off and opened up a huge 18-point lead at the top of the league.

The Freeze welcome Sutton Sting to the Deeside Ice Rink on April 10 for the penultimate game of the regular season.