The Nottingham Lions would like to congratulate their former netminder Sam Gospel, who yesterday, was called up by Elite League side Sheffield Steelers, for their Challenge Cup semi-final second leg against the Nottingham Panthers, at the CapitalFM Arena.

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Sam not only helped the South Yorkshiremen overturn a two-goal deficit from the first leg, to leave the aggregate score at 7-7 after overtime but also, the young goalie then stopped all three of the Panthers' penalty shots to take the Steelers into the final at the Motorpoint Arena on the 8th March.

Gospel spent two seasons with the Lions between 2011 to 2013, ending his Nottingham Ice Hockey Club career by helping Matt Bradbury's side to clinch the NIHL Divsion 2 North league title before moving on to English Premier League side Telford Tigers, for the start of the 2013/14 campaign.

The twenty year-old custodian is one of many promising, young players to have come through the Nottingham junior development system, who have then moved on to top-level careers in the likes of the EPL, EIHL and beyond.

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Everyone at the Lions' Pride would like to congratulate Sam on his recent successes and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours in the upper echelons of British ice hockey.

For post-match reaction from Sam's Sheffield debut, click here.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015.
Simon Ball-McQueen - Media Manager