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Wiikman released from hospital after play-off collision

3rd April 2017

Nottingham Panthers netminder Miika Wiikman has been released from hospital after he was knocked out during Sunday night's Elite League play-off clash at neighbours Sheffield Steelers.

He was involved in a collision with Steelers' John Armstrong in the 33rd minute of the quarter-final second leg and needed lengthy treatment on the ice before he was stretchered off and taken away in an ambulance.

The injury clearly had an effect on the Panthers who were trailing 1-0 at the time but were 5-3 up on aggregate as the Steelers went on to take the tie in overtime to book their place in the Play-Off Finals Weekend at the NIC in Nottingham next Saturday and Sunday.

The club have revealed that Wiikman had rejoined his teammates on the bus back to Nottingham suffering from a headache and a neck strain with other tests and x-rays showing nothing more serious.

They have thanked the medical teams, ambulance crew and hospital team for their support.

Panthers head coach Corey Neilson had no doubt about the impact of the injury saying "with Miika we would have won".

Steelers will now face Belfast Giants in the second of Saturday's semi-finals at 5pm after Cardiff Devils take on Dundee Stars which takes place at 1pm.

The third-place play-off then faces off on Sunday at noon with the final bringing the Elite League season to an end at 4pm.


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