Published Sunday, 16 February 2014
The Belfast Giants celebrate after Chris Higgins scored on Sunday (© Diane Davey/DD Imaging)
Belfast's second 3-1 victory against the defending champions on Sunday, along with Dundee's defeat by Edinburgh and Sheffield's penalty-shot loss in Cardiff, means the Giants can no longer be caught in the title race this year.
Remarkably Sunday's result marked their 11th Elite League win in-a-row.
Chris Higgins opened the scoring for the Giants before David Clarke equalised for the hosts.
Robby Sandrock secured the second Giants goal to regain the lead. A late effort by Kevin Saurette eventually sealed the victory and the Elite League title.
On Saturday Man of the Match Higgins had already scored twice after Evan Cheverie opened the scoring to put the Giants on the brink of the title. Clarke had replied for the Panthers who were defeated 3-1.
The runway champions have reclaimed the League title for a fourth time - the first since 2012, with 10 league games remaining.
Paul Adey's side also secured the Erhardt Conference title for a second successive season.
Fans will be able to cheer on the home champions when they return to the ice at the Odyssey Arena next Friday and Saturday.
Belfast Giants General Manager Todd Kelman tweeted: "Congrats to Paul and the boys on the 2013-14 League title! And thanks to the entire team behind the team, tonight we are all champions."
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