Published Tuesday, 07 February 2012
The belfast Giants will be out for revenge against the Nottingham Panthers. (© UTV)
Last year's high-octane clash saw the Giants forced to settle for the runners-up spot, meaning they'll have an old score to settle this time out.
"We have respect for Nottingham's organisation, but we will be going all out to beat them this year," Giants general manager Todd Kelman declared.
It’s payback time for last season. Nottingham have held this trophy for two seasons in a row - we’re aiming to prevent them making it a hat-trick.
Todd Kelman, Belfast Giants
But his Nottingham counterpart Gary Moran was quick to fire back.
"I'd expect Todd to say nothing less, but cup holders three years in a row has a nice ring to it - we'll be going all out to win too!" he warned.
"We both know the fans are in for a treat."
Last year's final saw the teams separated by just a single goal over the two legs, so fans will be expecting another dogfight to the finish.
The Giants will host the first leg of the final at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on 07 March, before travelling to Nottingham's Capital FM Arena for the second leg on 13 March.