Nottingham Panthers 6-4 Sheffield Steelers (agg score 11-7)

Jason Hewitt takes on the Nottingham Panthers tonight for Sheffield Steelers
Jason Hewitt takes on the Nottingham Panthers tonight for Sheffield Steelers
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Sheffield Steelers unlikely pursuit of a place in the Challenge Cup final ended in defeat at Nottingham Panthers this evening.

Already 5-3 down from the first semi final leg, and with Neil Abel filling in on the bench because of injury to stand-in player coach Steve Goertzen, they conceded a further six in a high scoring encounter.

Neil Able - running the bench for Sheffield Steelers

Neil Able - running the bench for Sheffield Steelers

The first went past Frank Doyle at 4;40, from Matt Ryan.

And the defending cup holders added another through Leigh Salters on 15 minutes.

The middle period offered no respite: Robert Farmer adding a third on the night.

Three minutes later, Eric Werner added to Sheffield’s woes.

Greg Jacina made it 5-0 before some Panthers mockingly applauded one in their own net from Max Lacroix.

It woke Steelers up with the predatory Stefan Meyer making it 10-5 on the night.

Tom Norton and Dustin Kohn then traded goals.

And Lacroix got his second with four minutes left.

Belfast Giants take on Panthers in the final.

Period Scores: 2-0, 3-2, 1-2

Penalty Mins: Not 8+6+7=21, She 4+0+7=11

Powerplay: Not 0/2, She 1/7

Shots on: Frank Doyle 4+6+13=23, Craig Kowalski 13+10+10=33

Referee: Tom Darnell

Full round-up in tomorrow’s Star.