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Bjorkstrand's OT goal clinches Monsters' first-ever Calder Cup championship

by Tony Brown / Columbus Blue Jackets

CLEVELAND – By virtue of a 1-0 overtime win over the Hershey Bears in Game 4 of the Calder Cup Finals on Saturday at The Q, the Lake Erie Monsters claimed their first Calder Cup in franchise history, Cleveland’s tenth Calder Cup ever and first AHL Championship since 1964, in front of a sellout crowd of 19,665, the largest crowd in Monsters franchise history and the second-largest crowd in the 80-year history of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

After the first three periods slid by scoreless, Oliver Bjorkstrand buried his league-leading sixth game-winning goal of the playoffs with just 1.9 seconds remaining in OT, an even-strength marker, Bjorkstrand’s AHL-best tenth marker of the postseason, on feeds from Lukas Sedlak and Zach Werenski. Following the game, Bjorkstrand was named as the winner of the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the AHL’s playoff MVP.

Monsters goaltender Anton Forsberg capped the playoffs with a 23-save shutout performance to push his postseason record to a perfect 9-0 while Justin Peters made 32 stops in defeat for Hershey.

Join the Monsters at a Calder Cup celebration, Tuesday at 6:00 pm on Gateway Plaza with food and drinks, Monsters players and coaches, the Calder Cup and more!

The Lake Erie Monsters are part of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization and also owned by a group led by Cavaliers Majority Owner and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert. The group also owns and operates the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League playing at Quicken Loans Arena and the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League playing in nearby Canton, Ohio at the Canton Civic Center.

Full Monsters playoffs coverage on the BlueJackets.com Monsters HUB!

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