Ice Hockey: Bees plan to shock Steelers

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Bracknell Bees are again hoping to upset the odds tomorrow and pull off an Express Cup shock by taking one step towards reaching the first final in the club's history.

Bracknell stunned everyone by winning their last three qualifying games to clinch third place in the group table and set up a two-legged semi final with Sheffield Steelers.

Bees warmed up for the first game at Amen Corner by surprisingly beating Sheffield 6-5 in overtime at home last night.

Sheffield are renowned for pulling out all the stops in big games like these, however, having won the play-offs for the last three years.

The Bees coach, Jim Suyarchuk, plans to counter-attack after an early Steelers' blitz and has hopes of taking a lead back to the Arena, for the return leg on February 19.

The other semi-final, with Nottingham Panthers at home to Ayr Scottish Eagles in the first leg, takes place tomorrow night at Lower Parliament Street.