Elite League round-up: Devils on course for a fourth trophy

Quadruple-chasing Cardiff Devils booked their place in the Elite League play-off semi-finals after recording a 6-3 aggregate victory over Manchester Storm.

Scott Hotham grabbed the winner in the Devils’ 3-2 win on home ice, while Joey Haddad, Chris Culligan and Gleason Fournier and Gleason Fournier were on target in their 3-1 road success.

Dundee Stars are through to their first-ever play-off finals weekend after a 6-1 overall win against Braehead Clan.

The Stars secured a 3-1 victory at home and followed up with an impressive 3-0 success in the reverse fixture – Justin Faryna, Joey Sides and Kevin Hart were on target in the second leg.

Belfast Giants advanced to the last four courtesy of an 8-3 aggregate victory over Fife Flyers.

Derrick Walser (2) led the Way as the Giants triumphed 4-2 at home, while Blair Riley matched the feat in their 4-1 win in the return game.

Sheffield Steelers recovered from a 5-2 first leg deficit against Nottingham Panthers to seal their semi-final place.

The Steelers looked on course to go through when they held a 4-0 lead heading into the final stages of the second leg, but Chris Lawrence scored with eight seconds left to send the game to overtime.

Despite Lawrence’s dramatic goal, the momentum did not swing in the Panthers favour as Guillaume Desbiens scored the Steelers’ winner just over 90 seconds into the extra period.

The semi-finals see Cardiff face Dundee, while Belfast meet Sheffield.

WEEKEND RESULTS

Saturday

Belfast Giants 4-2 Fife Flyers
Cardiff Devils 3-2 Manchester Storm
Dundee Stars 3-1 Braehead Clan
Nottingham Panthers 5-2 Sheffield Steelers

Sunday

Braehead Clan 0-3 Dundee Stars (agg 1-6)
Fife Flyers 1-4 Belfast Giants (agg 3-8)
Manchester Storm 1-3 Cardiff Devils (agg 3-6)
Sheffield Steelers 5-1 Nottingham Panthers (OT) (agg 7-6)

(Image permission: Cardiff Devils)

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