Ice Hockey: Ellis on target as Steelers cruise to final

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Sheffield Steelers will meet Nottingham Panthers in the Challenge Cup final after a 1-1 draw at home to Cardiff Devils was enough for a 4-2 aggregate win.

A crowd of more than 4,000 saw Steve Ellis net a 50th minute equaliser for Sheffield following Dennis Maxwell's opening score for the Devils after 10 minutes.

In the Elite League, Manchester Phoenix beat Belfast Giants 5-4 while Panthers were victorious 6-3 at Coventry Blaze. Phoenix struck three times in 10 second-half minutes through Chad Brandimore, David Cozier and Darcy Anderson and held on despite a late Giants fightback.

Coventry were leading 3-1 at one stage but two-goal David Clarke put Panthers in control.