Elite League: Cardiff Devils 3-5 Belfast Giants

James Desmarais scored the Giants' fifth goal against Cardiff on Sunday
James Desmarais

The Belfast Giants beat Cardiff Devils 5-3 on Sunday night to secure second place in the Elite League.

After a scoreless first period, Colin Shields and Blair Riley were on target, with Layne Ulmer replying for Cardiff.

Chris Higgins restored the Giants' two-goal lead, Ryan Martinelli made it 4-1, but Matthew Myers replied.

Ulmer grabbed his second with 50 seconds left, before James Desmarais scored into the empty Cardiff net with 10 seconds remaining.

The Giants had lost 4-3 to the Elite League champions on Saturday night in the first encounter of the double-header between the teams.

The focus now shifts to the end-of-season play-offs with the Giants hosting Fife Flyers in their quarter-final in Belfast on Saturday 1 April (19:00 BST).

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