Ice Hockey: Devils reach play-offs

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Cardiff Devils jumped to fifth place in the Elite League on Sunday night when they beat Basingstoke Bison 5-3.

Playing his last game for Devils before returning to Canada, Eoin McInerney put in a tremendous performance and at the end of the game applauded the fans.

Devils had to win for a play-off spot and a good team effort saw five players score, showing how much they have improved under their coach, Dave Whistle, who said: "The team played well for the whole 60 minutes, we kept fighting through and it paid off."

A brace from the man of the match, David Kozier, and a maiden goal for Jason Hewitt on Saturday night gave Manchester Phoenix their first win in Northern Ireland, 3-2 against Belfast Giants.

Phoenix played defensively to shut down Giants and make the most of their own opportunities. Kozier's first goal pulled Phoenix level seconds after Shane Johnson had given Giants a second-period lead, and then Hewitt's goal put the visitors ahead. A great play by Mike Morin set up Kozier for the game-winning goal.