Sheffield Steeldogs went in to their final two playoff games without any hope of progressing and conceded 10 goals, scoring once.
They dipped 2-1 at home to Guildford Flames 2 before being dismantled 8-0 at Telford Tigers .
Friday's visit from Guildford started positively with Stanislav Lascek providing a great pass for Lewis Bell to bury the puck after racing forward from the back.
Flames struck back within a minute, McKinney taking a good chance.
For a game between a team needing the win to guarantee progression and one playing only for pride, it was remarkably tight.
Guildford created more chances but it took until the first minute of the final period for them to beat James Hadfield again - Michal Satek with the decisive strike.
Flames played a containing game and limited the Dogs opportunities, hanging on to take the win and book their place in Coventry.
Sunday's final game in Telford saw the Steeldogs attempting to beat the newly crowned league champions league missing SIX regulars including two of their five imports.
Telford were in no mood to show any mercy to the weakened Dogs, knowing they needed a win to make it to Coventry and veteran Jonathan Weaver set them on their way.
The Steeldogs gave four young prospects the chance to ice and they all played regular shifts. Tigers, spearheaded by the imposing Doug Clarkson attacked in waves and took a 4-0 lead into the second period which they stretched to 7-0 by 40 minutes.
Clarkson, playing in his final home game before retirement, ended with four goals as the Tigers took a comfortable win 8-0.
For the Steeldogs, the summer starts now as they look ahead to a smaller second tier without Guildford and Milton Keynes.