Manchester Phoenix target play-off victory after winning title

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Manchester Phoenix owner Neil Morris says the club are targeting a double after winning the English Premier League ice hockey title.

Phoenix beat nearest rivals and league cup winners Basingstoke Bison 5-2 at home to move to a position at the top where they cannot be caught.

The Altrincham club have two games remaining before the play-offs.

"The next thing for us is to try and box it off as the next thing coming is the play-offs," Morris said.

"We go into battle and try win the last piece over silverware which is a weekend in Coventry."

Led by former Great Britain head coach Tony Hand, who is player-coach at the club, Phoenix won the play-offs last year and are looking to repeat the feat in 2014.

"It's been very tight this season with five teams battling for the championship, so was it a surprise? No, I believe in the guys," Morris told BBC Radio Manchester.

"We've got good character but I didn't know if we were going to do it or not.

"It's a good feeling. We've got a great environment, we're growing again and the fans are fantastic."

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