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Summary

  1. Giant lead 5-1 from the first leg

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. 3rd Period

    Belfast Giants 7-6 Nottingham Panthers

    The third and final period gets underway with the Giants one behind on the night but leading 9-6 on aggregate.

    It's been a shoot-out so far, the Giants coach Adam Keefe will not want the same open play in the last 20 minutes as he tries to guide his side to the Challenge Cup final.

    Giants all time leading scorer Colin Shields gets the loudest cheer of the night as he scores early in the third to make it 5-5 on the night (10-6 on aggregate).

    Just as it looked comfortable, Panthers Mark Derlago fires home to silence the home fans and set up a nervy last ten minutes.

    Nottingham Panthers gamble as they pull their net minder only for Jonathan Ferland to score two empty net goals within a minute and give the home side a 7-6 lead on the night.

    And that's how it finishes, Belfast Giants reach the Challenge Cup final in Cardiff after a topsy turvy semi-final second leg in Belfast.

    That's it for tonight folks, thanks for joining us.

    Belfast Giants celebrate victory over Nottingham Panthers
    Image caption: Belfast Giants celebrate victory over Nottingham Panthers
  2. 2nd Period

    Belfast Giants 4-5 Nottingham Panthers

    Zack Philips fires past Giants net minder Chris Truehl on 23'31" to reduce the Giants aggregate lead to two goals (7-5)

    Brett Perlini reduces the deficit to just one goal as he fires in on 35'24" to silence the Giants home crowd

    Giants captain Blair Riley then raises the spirits of the Belfast fans as he scores on the powerplay before Sebastien Sylvestre grabs his second of the night at the end of the second period

    Action from Belfast Giants against Nottingham Panthers
    Image caption: Action from the Challenge Cup semi-final second leg
  3. 1st Period

    Belfast Giants 2-3 Nottingham Panthers

    Nottingham Panthers score on four mins 43 seconds through David Clarke to make it 1-0 to the visitors

    Sebastien Sylvestre fires the Giants level in the ninth min to restore Belfast's four-goal aggregate lead

    A frenetic goal scoring spree sees Belfast captain Blair Riley fire the Giants briefly into a 2-1 lead on the power play before two quickfire goals from Mike Vaskivuo and Clarke with his second of twhe night to give Nottingham a 3-2 lead on the night

    The first period ends Giants 2-3 Panthers, 7-4 on aggregate to Belfast.

    Sebastien Sylvestre
    Image caption: Sebastien Sylvestre