Sheffield Steelers were on the goal trail again tonight.
The Panthers’ first title since 1956 was secured thanks to a 10th win on the spin that took them nine points clear of the Giants, who have now lost two straight.
Noah Clarke gave Belfast the lead on a penalty, but the Panthers responded almost instantly with a powerplay goal from Bruce Graham.
Kevin Saurette restored Belfast’s lead early in the second, but again the Panthers hit back through David Clarke.
David Ling put Nottingham ahead for the first time, only for Adam Keefe to make it 3-3, but the Panthers’ title celebrations were triggered thanks to late goals from Pat Galivan and Matt Francis.
Sheffield Steelers are in action at Coventry tonight and host Cardiff tomorrow.