Pliskauskas double hands Playoff title to Jets

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EPL ICE HOCKEY: Slough Jets won their third EPL Playoff title in five years with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Manchester Phoenix.

A double from Darius Pliskauskas and four assists from Dan Davies handed them a deserved crown.

The Jets were dominant defensively throughout and even though Phoenix had the majority of possession they couldn't fully test Gregg Rockman.

In fact, it looked as if Manchester the most affected from the physicality of a tough semi final with Sheffield.

After a fairly tame opening which saw Phoenix spurn a 5 on 3 powerplay, the game sparked into life.

It centred on a late Check to the Head from Slough's Adam Greener on Tony Hand, and it seemed to spur on the Jets instead of their opponents.

Phoenix did nothing on the powerplay and within seconds both Hand and Luke Boothroyd were in the box... and Slough scored twice.

The Jets had a 5 on 3 of their own for 80 seconds and Adam Calder then Doug Sheppard fired them ahead.

But on 18:29 Ciaran Long got his second goal of the weekend to get Phoenix back in it.

The second began much like the first with both sides struggling to make an impact on the game.

Ryan Watt and Mark Galazzi both forced saves from Phoenix' Stephen Fone whilst Rockman was alert around his own crease.

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Pliskauskas then rattled Fone's right hand post.

Manchester had chances too, but none seriously threatened the scorers.

Pliskauskas then put his side two clear with a rasper from distance.

Phoenix perhaps should have had a penalty behind Slough's net but when Davies fed the puck up the ice, the shot was just too good.

A minute into the third period, it was 4-1 after Slough produced a carbon copy goal.

Davies got the puck off to Pliskauskas who deked left and then shot low past Fone.

Seconds later Galazzi hit the post as Aaron Connolly produced a superb back-hand pass whilst on the floor behind the goal.

Ladislav Harabin then hit the post on a Phoenix powerplay as they went 0 and 5 on the man advantage.

Manchester became more desperate as the game entered its final ten minutes but they rarely tested Rockman despite having the majority of the possession.

And Slough duly closed them down to seal a deserved title.

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