Roy stings Stingrays
Published 04/04/2015 | 20:21
Mathieu Roy scored a powerplay goal with just four seconds remaining as holders Sheffield Steelers booked their place in the Elite League play-off final with a 3-2 victory over Hull Stingrays.
Roy, who this week signed a new two-year deal with Steelers, struck from close in to move the Elite League champions one step closer to the double.
Steelers had a goal ruled out after a review before Eric Galbraith nudged Stingrays in front at 31.41. Darrell Hay levelled on the powerplay at 34.51 before Colton Fretter made it 2-1 to the holders at 37.51.
Jonathan Phillips was denied on a breakaway by Stingrays goaltender David Brown and Steelers twice hit the frame of the goal before C ory Tanaka tied the game up at 48.40 after a review.
With time running out and overtime looming, Roy - the league's leading point-scorer this season - pounced with a goal given after a review to break the hearts of the Stingrays, who were furious a high-stick call was missed.
Coventry Blaze will face Steelers in Sunday's final after they overcame Belfast Giants 3-2 after penalty shots.
Giants, beaten in the final for the past two years, went ahead through Jeff Mason at 11.21 but Justin DaCosta levelled for Blaze just 29 seconds later following a review.
Ray Sawada restored Giants' lead at 29.15, but Blaze hit back once more with Jereme Tendler tapping in the loose puck at 41.52.
Giants goaltender Carsen Chubak made a brilliant double save to deny Steven Goertzen on a breakaway and also foiled Ryan O'Marra with 1.33 remaining in overtime.
The match moved to a shoot-out and Ben Arnt had the only successful attempt for Blaze, who reached the final for the first time since 2008 when they lost 2-0 to Steelers.