Giants celebrate Elite League title win

Nottingham Panthers 1-3 Belfast Giants
Published Sunday, 16 February 2014
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Newly-crowned champions the Belfast Giants are celebrating after clinching both the Elite League and Erhardt Conference titles following a four-point, two-win weekend in Nottingham.

Giants celebrate Elite League title win
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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3 Comments
Andy in Belfast wrote (58 days ago):
Name in Northern Ireland.... The answer is quite simple really. BECAUSE THE MAJORITY OF THE POPULATION WANT THINGS TO STAY THE WAY THEY ARE. ITS CALLED A DEMOCRACY.
Name in Northern Ireland wrote (58 days ago):
I believe they should create a sovereignty for all sports in country of Northern Ireland, this will allow the country to create a sporting identity. They would create a philosophy which would help to create future sporting greats for 'our wee country'. In Rugby, you would be representing Northern Ireland not Ireland, In Athletics you will be representing Northern Ireland not GB & NI or Ireland and the same applies to Gaelic Football, the same will apply to rest of the sports as well. They would create a sports academy in which those select few will receive specialist coaching, they would combine specialist coaching with education. They would create a new multi-sport all seater stadium which would allow Football, Rugby, Gaelic, Athletic events to be staged here. They will also create a new national anthem which will cater everyone and design a new uniform which will give them a specific identity within the world of sport. The idea is to unite Protestants and Catholics of all generations so that we can create a product that everyone will be proud of which will hopefully lead to success. You should create a option to give people the option and opportunity in wanting to represent the country of your birth. WHY won't you create that option? Why won't you go public to promote the idea? England, Scotland and Wales have their own sporting identity, Northern Ireland doesn't, WHY NOT? EVERY country should have a sport representing them on the international scene but why not Northern Ireland?, that aspect of Northern Irish sport will remain backwards until that changes. People who made the decision to combine both countries Northern Ireland and the Republic Of Ireland has actually divided the country not united Northern Ireland, those people should be lambasted and sooner rather than later they should actually create a sovereignty that all sports represent Northern Ireland, not Republic Of Ireland, Ireland or Team GB & N.I.
Joan in Newtownabbey. wrote (59 days ago):
Congratulations Giants. Great ambassadors for Belfast.
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