1. ITV Report

Cardiff Devils beat Belfast Giants in playoff final victory

Hedden's opening goal of the game. Credit: Dave Williams

Belfast Giants were denied the Elite League Grand Slam following a 2-1 defeat to defending champions Cardiff Devils in the playoff final in Nottingham.

Giants, who had already secured the Elite League, Challenge Cup and Erhardt Conference trophies, fell behind to a Mike Hedden strike at 16.32.

Kevin Raine tied the game at 49.56 but Devils, having missed out on a third successive league title on the final day of the regular season, won it through Gleason Fournier at 52.27.

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The way these guys just kept going and going. Maybe it wasn't even our best game but we found a way, literally just a will to win and it was incredible, really proud to be part of it.

– Andrew Lord, Cardiff Devils Head Coach

First Minister Mark Drakeford congratulated the Devils on their victory.

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