Panthers v Belfast Challenge Cup final dates revealed

The first leg of the Challenge Cup final between Nottingham Panthers and Belfast Giants will take place in Belfast on Wednesday, 6 March.

The match-up is a repeat of last season's final, and the return leg at Nottingham's National Ice Centre is scheduled for Tuesday, 13 March.

The two sides face each in home and away Elite League games this weekend.

Belfast lead Corey Nielson's Panthers by seven points and Nottingham need two wins to maintain their title challenge.

David Clarke, who scored a hat-trick in Saturday's 6-2 win over Dundee Starsexternal-link, is looking forward to the final.

He told BBC Radio Nottingham: "If you are going to win a Championship then you have to beat the best. We beat them last year.

"It's a good challenge and it will be an exciting game."