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Belfast Giants Clinch Elite League Championship

The Stena Line Belfast Giants completed a four point weekend in Nottingham with a 3-1 win against the Panthers and, in doing so, clinched the 2013/14 Elite League Championship and Erhardt Conference Championship. The weekend’s second win against the reigning champions was the Giants 11th Elite League win in-a-row and tenth straight Erhardt Conference win which sees the organisation reclaim the League championship for a fourth time and the Erhardt Conference title for a second successive season.

The Giants picked up on Sunday where they left off in Nottingham on Saturday night – dominating the opening period, outshooting the Panthers 18-3. The visitors broke the deadlock at 17:11 as Chris Higgins, Saturday’s Man of the Match with two goals, gave his team the lead assisted by Robby Sandrock and Davey Phillips & leave the hosts trailing going into the second period.

However the Panthers were not fazed by the visitors dominance and got at the Giants from the puck drop at the beginning of the second period. Indeed,  the hosts only needed 16 seconds of the period to draw level – David Clarke scoring his second goal in as many nights, assisted by Matt Ryan and Stephen Lee. The Giants showed their character and with only 30 seconds since the Nottingham equaliser, they regained the lead. Robby Sandrock, playing his 100th game in all Elite League competitions for Belfast, fired past Craig Kowalski in the Panthers goal, assisted by Jeff Mason and Evan Cheverie.

The Giants completed a full point weekend over the Nottingham Panthers thanks to a late effort by Kevin Saurette – his 100th point for the organisation. Saurette’s goal, scored at 48:38, was assisted by Dustin Whitecotton and sealed the win and the Elite League title.

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