Higgins double puts Giants close

Chris Higgins scored twice as the Belfast Giants beat the Nottingham Panthers 3-1 to put them on the brink of their third Elite League title.

Evan Cheverie opened the scoring for the Giants, who earned their 10th straight victory, with Higgins adding two more, while David Clarke replied for the hosts.

Elsewhere the Dundee Stars beat the Edinburgh Capitals 4-2, the Fife Flyers were 6-4 winners over the Braehead Clan and the Hull Stingrays saw off the Cardiff Devils 5-3.