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Cardiff Devils win Elite League Championship

Credit: William Cherry

A late goal from Andrew Hotham with 20 seconds remaining in the game sealed the win for the Cardiff Devils on Friday Night in Belfast.

The Belfast Giants opened the scoring scored first when Steve Saviano fed Colin Shields on a 2 on 1 rush and Shields fired it past Ben Bowns at 13:22 of the first period.

Joey Martin levelled the score just 39 seconds later for the Devils with Matt Pope picking up the lone assist.

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Pope gave the Devils the lead 6 minutes into the second period with a solo effort that saw him break through the Giants defence and backhand the puck over Chris Truel in net for the Giants to go up 2-1.

With the teams playing 4 on 4, Spiro Goulakos blasted a David Rutherford pass through Bowns at 37:13 to tie the game at 2-2.

The final period saw the teams trade chance after chance but the netminders were both on top form with Bowns stopping 16 shots in the third period and Truel stopping 10.

A late penalty called against Belfast’s Brendan Connolly opened the door for the Devils powerplay to win the game.

Credit: William Cherry

Despite some good puck movement, the Giants managed to clear the puck, but Andrew Hotham picked up the puck and danced through the Belfast team to somehow get in all alone on Truel.

He fired the puck past Truel to send the Devils bench into hysterics with just 20 seconds to play.

The Devils held on for the win and with it clinched their second Elite Ice Hockey League Title in a row.