Nottingham Panthers face Hull Stingrays in play-offs

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Nottingham Panthers will face Hull Stingrays in the play-off weekend semi-finals after Hull's sensational win over Sheffield Steelers on Sunday.

Hull were held to a 2-2 in the first leg but stunned Steelers with a 5-2 away victory to reach the season-finale at Nottingham's National Ice Centre.

Belfast Giants play Cardiff Devils in the first semi-final on Saturday.

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Benedict praises Panthers comeback

Nottingham booked their place in the second semi-final with a dramatic 5-1 overtime win over Braehead Clan.

Panthers, who have won all seven meetings with the Stingrays this season, trailed Braehead 3-0 after the first leg in Scotland, but responded in fine style in the return leg on Saturday.

Brandon Benedict grabbed the winning goal in overtime while Jordan Fox scored twice to help force the extra period.

Elite League winners Belfast romped to a 14-0 aggregate win over Dundee Stars to set up a last-four meeting with Cardiff, who beat Coventry Blaze.

The first semi-final gets under way at 1300 BST with the second match starting at 1700 BST. The final is the following day.

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