Sheffield Steelers are through to the final of the Elite Challenge Cup after completing a 5-1 aggregate victory over Nottingham Panthers.
The Steelers produced a solid defensive display to seal a 3-0 second leg success – David Phillips, Geoff Walker and Levi Nelson got the goals.
Head Coach Paul Thompson told the BBC: “Over the two legs we were the deserving winners and we’re through to a final in Cardiff against the Devils.
“There’s a little more stress around a semi-final than the final. Once you’re in the final, you’re in the final – you want to go and win it.
“But it’s getting there and we got there. I thought the boys were magnificent, every one of them.
“They bought into the system, bought into the structure and, as I said, we were deserving winners.”
Panthers’ Player/Assistant Coach David Clarke believes his team played well enough to beat the Steelers, but they couldn’t find a way past netminder Ervins Mustukovs.
“I think we created a lot of chances,” Clarke told the Nottingham Post.
“We had a couple of grade ‘A’ chances and had a couple of breakaways. He made some good saves.
“It’s unlucky. We scored five against them on Saturday. Schultzy (Stephen Schultz) hits the post at the end there and a few went off the inside of the goalie’s pads and wide.”
Sheffield will face Cardiff in the final on Sunday, 5th March.
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