A youthful Nottingham Lions side went down to a 6-2 pre-season defeat at the hands of local rivals Solihull Barons at Solihull Ice Arena on Sunday evening.

The friendly encounter was all in aid of Cure Leukaemia and also enabled the Lions to get a first proper workout ahead of the new season, which begins on September 7th.

With some of Nottingham’s more senior players still to join-up with the squad, the opportunity was given to some of the club’s promising youngsters to gain some valuable, senior ice-time against tough opposition. Included on the teamsheet were three, sixteen year-old, debutant forwards – Jordan Bloom, Hamish Hall and Joseph Gretton.

The Lions started brightly with Ben Wood firing home after seven minutes to take the lead, before the Barons Joe Henry tied the game before the end of the first period.

The next twenty minutes highlighted Nottingham’s inexperience as they conceded four goals without reply in just over ten minutes, Jake Larkin grabbed a brace and Michael Rodger scored on the powerplay before Sam Hammerton rounded off a miserable second period of the Lions.

Nottingham came back stronger in the third however, with Mikey Rose snatching a goal back with five minutes gone, assisted by Christy Johnson-Brown and Lions’ Man Of The Match Bloom.

Solihull did eventually restore their four-goal advantage in the dying seconds courtesy of Rob Eley but charity was the real winner on the night, as the Barons had managed to raise nearly £3000 for the Birmingham-based cancer charity.

Game Stats:

Ben Wood 1+0, Michael Rose 1+0, Jamie Hovell 0+1, Christy Johnson-Brown 0+1, Jordan Bloom 0+1.

Period Scores: 1st 1-1, 2nd 4-0, 3rd 1-1.

Shots: 1st 23-7, 2nd 19-3, 3rd 22-4. Total 64-16.

Penalty Minutes: 1st 2-0, 2nd 0-4, 3rd 12-0. Total 14-4.

Lions MOTM: Jordan Bloom.

Friday, 23 August 2013.