SWINDON Wildcats safely secured their place in the semi-finals of the NIHL Cup this evening with a dominant 14-2 aggregate victory over London Raiders.

Aaron Nell’s side carried a hefty eight-goal cushion to the capital after a one-sided first leg on home ice on Saturday night and comfortably saw out the contest with a 6-2 success at the Lee Valley Ice Rink.

Player-coach Nell said: “It was a professional job well done and we’re delighted to go through to the next round of the competition.

"It was important to play well even though we did have a big lead coming into the game and I thought we did that.

"We had to just stick to our gameplan and not do anything silly. Everyone put a decent shift in and it was another really good win for us.

“I didn’t think we were too great at the start of the game but we managed to pick up our level as the game went on and we played some really good hockey in spells.

"I am pleased with the performance and happy that we are through into the next round of the competition.

“I thought we were very good over the two games, especially on Saturday night. We deserved to go through into the next round and we'll look forward to that now."

Swindon actually fell behind on the night as Tom Davis broke the deadlock for Raiders but the visitors were able to reach the end of the first period all-square as Sam Bullas levelled the scores.

The Cats upped the ante over the second session with four unanswered goals as efforts from player-coach Nell, Max Birbraer and a double from captain Jan Kostal saw them take control of the contest.

Raiders kept battling and JJ Pitchley kicked off the scoring in the final period but Swindon soon returned to form as Nell netted his second and his team’s sixth goal to round of the resounding overall win.