Peterborough Phantoms 8-6 Hull Pirates (Aggregate: PP 12-8 HP)
The Peterborough DALROD Phantoms are into the National Cup Final after victory over the Hull Pirates.
Phantoms took the lead through a Corey McEwen breakaway goal, after being played in by Ales Padelek.
Jason Hewitt levelled the scores on the powerplay after finishing high into the top corner from the centre of the zone.
Padelek put the Phantoms back in front with a solo effort; he chased the puck down and saw his initial shot saved but tucked the puck home on the rebound.
McEwen notched his second of the night in the first minute of the second period. The puck fell kindly to him in front of goal and he made no mistake with the finish.
Petr Stepanek extended the Phantoms’ advantage on the night to three goals, before Hewitt answered straight back to make it 4-2.
And the lead was cut to one when Jonathan Kirk fired home on the powerplay with 23:57 played.
Stepanek picked up his second goal of the night with 25:18 on the clock.
Hewitt sealed his hat trick after a Padelek turnover in his own zone saw the Pirates player coach in front of goal, and he made no mistake.
Will Weldon put the Phantoms 6-4 ahead after a beautiful Conor Pollard pass gave the Phantoms #29 an empty net to slot the puck into.
Stepanek sealed his hat-trick with 38 seconds played in the third period. He was found by J. Ferrara and slotted home past Ash Smith.
Hewitt notched his fourth of the night to make it 7-5, before Padelek got on the board for the second time in the game to make it 8-5.
Matty Davies scored the game’s final goal, but the Phantoms cruised into the National Cup Final, where they’ll meet the Telford Tigers!
3:08 (PP 1-0 HP): #71 Corey McEwen / #93 Ales Padelek / #17 James Ferrara (EHG)
10:21 (PP 2-1 HP): #93 Ales Padelek / #72 Glenn Billing / #37 Robbie Ferrara (EHG)
20:55 (PP 3-1 HP): #71 Corey McEwen / #40 Petr Stepanek / #77 Martins Susters (EHG)
23:06 (PP 4-1 HP): #40 Petr Stepanek / #71 Corey McEwen / #77 Martins Susters (EHG)
25:18 (PP 5-3 HP): #40 Petr Stepanek / #77 Martins Susters (EHG)
34:40 (PP 6-4 HP): #29 Will Weldon / #88 Conor Pollard / #12 Nathan Pollard (EHG)
40:38 (PP 7-4 HP): #40 Petr Stepanek (Hat-Trick) / #17 James Ferrara / #37 Robbie Ferrara (EHG)
45:10 (PP 8-5 HP): #93 Ales Padelek / #71 Corey McEwen (EHG)
7:02 (PP 1-1 HP): #17 Jason Hewitt / #9 David Norris / #26 Matty Davies (PPG)
23:31 (PP 4-2 HP): #17 Jason Hewitt / #2 James Archer / #5 Lee Haywood (EHG)
23:57 (PP 4-3 HP): #90 Jonathan Kirk / #26 Matty Davies / #21 Bobby Chamberlain (EHG)
31:57 (PP 5-4 HP): #17 Jason Hewitt (Hat-Trick) / #9 David Norris (EHG)
41:08 (PP 7-5 HP): #17 Jason Hewitt / #9 David Norris / #90 Jonathan Kirk (EHG)
56:17 (PP 8-6 HP): #26 Matty Davies / #90 Jonathan Kirk / #9 David Norris (PPG)
Phantoms man of the match: #44 Ryan Bainborough
Pirates man of the match: #17 Jason Hewitt