Lake Erie Monsters bring the Calder Cup back to Cleveland


The Lake Erie Monsters capped off a dominant AHL post-season with a Calder Cup championship on Saturday, thanks to a thrilling 1-0 overtime win over the Hershey Bears.

Oliver Bjorkstrand scored on a scramble in front with two seconds remaining in the first overtime period to lift the Monsters to a series sweep of the Bears. Lake Erie, AHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets, finished the playoffs with an overall record of 15-2.

That includes nine straight wins.

The Monsters triumphed on home ice in front of a massive crowd of 19,665 fans at Quicken Loans Arena.

Despite the loss, Bears goalie Justin Peters was sensational as this game turned into a classic goalie duel. He made several key saves, including an amazing desperation stick save on Blue Jackets prospect Sonny Milano in the second period.

At the other end, Anton Forsberg wasn’t quite as busy, facing 23 shots, but he was also strong, particularly in overtime when the Bears pressed for the winner to extend the series.

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