Elite League play-offs: Sheffield Steelers beat Nottingham Panthers to reach final

Jonathan Phillips
Jonathan Phillips will captain Sheffield Steelers in Sunday's Grand Final

Sheffield Steelers beat fierce rivals Nottingham Panthers in overtime to secure a place in Sunday's Elite League Grand Final against Cardiff Devils.

Panthers were 4-2 up in the third period, but goals from Ben O Connor and Levi Nelson levelled the scores.

John Armstrong completed a dramatic turnaround for Steelers in overtime with a sudden death goal at Nottingham's Motorpoint Arena.

The Grand Final (16:00 BST) will be shown live on the BBC Sport website.

Steelers twice came from two-goals down in normal time to force the 10-minute extra period before Canadian centre Armstrong scored the decisive goal almost four minutes into it.

Earlier Panthers went 2-0 ahead thanks to goals from Alex Mokshantsev, after just 47 seconds, and Luke Pither's cool one-on-one finish, but Mathieu Roy and Jonathan Phillips brought the Steelers level.

Pither's second and Jeff Brown's finish made it 4-2 before Sheffield's superb comeback set up a final against Devils, who beat Fife in the other semi-final.

Defeat for the Panthers meant there would be no fairytale ending for head coach Corey Neilson, who is departing after 12 years at the club.

Neilson joined Nottingham as a player in 2006 and has been player-coach, assistant head and head coach.

Coverage of the Grand Final starts at 15:40 on the BBC Sport website and app.

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