The Canberra Chill had been left in the cold with their finals dream resting on mathematical equations, but now they can see the inaugural Hockey One title just waiting on the horizon.
The seventh-placed Tassie Tigers caused an emphatic upset over the Perth Thundersticks with a 4-0 win in the final round of the regular season on Saturday, securing the Chills' position in the semi-finals.
Canberra will face HC Melbourne in the elimination final next week. Three points separate the ladder-leaders from the Brisbane Blaze, but their position will remain regardless of the result of their clash with Adelaide Fire on Sunday.
Canberra finished fourth on the ladder with three wins and as many losses, while Melbourne have dominated with an unbeaten campaign so far.
The Chill will be bolstered by Hockeyroos Edwina Bone, Kalindi Commerford and Brooke Peris for the finals campaign after the trio missed four weeks for national duties.
The Hockeyroos return after helping the national side earn qualification for the Tokyo Olympic Games, beating Russia in a two-match series.
Commerford and Peris will create a striking force with Meredith Bone and Naomi Evans up front, with the latter leading the club's scoring charts with five field goals over the season.
Canberra's men's side were knocked out of finals contention and finished fifth on the ladder with two wins and four losses.