Aberdeen Lynx’s dreams of Scottish Cup glory were sunk when they lost 2-0 to Paisley Pirates in the semis.
Lynx started confidently in front of ay bumper home crowd of more than 1,000, who gave them tremendous backing throughout.
But they were eventually overcome by Pirates in what was at times an ill-tempered encounter.
Pirates were able to take advantage of Fraser MacEachran’s penalty to open the scoring midway through the first period thanks to a powerplay goal from Stuart Miller, assisted by David Orr.
Despite the disadvantage, Lynx put Pirates’ defence under pressure.
But a string of penalties – including a second and third for MacEachran saw the home side reduced to five men for much of the second period.
A technical issue with the rink caused play to be stopped and gave the short-handed Lynx time to regroup.
Pirates were then reduced to four men but Lynx were unable to capitalise.
The visitors were back up to full strength when forward Fraser CAMPBELL then put them 2-0 ahead midway through the third period.
They could have made it 3-0 were it not for a strong defensive effort from Lynx, with players tracking back to make vital tackles.
Despite a late surge from Lynx, Christian Johnson coming closest with a shot that rattled the crossbar, the Paisley side were able to hold on and secure the victory.