Oliver Bjorkstrand scored two goals and the Lake Erie Monsters held on to defeat the Hershey Bears 5-3 in Game 2 of the Calder Cup Finals at Giant Center in Hershey on Friday.
The Monsters, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets, lead the best-of-7 series 2-0 and will host Game 3 in Cleveland on Monday.
After Lake Erie defenseman Zach Werenski scored a power-play goal 3:05 into the second period, Bjorkstrand, the Blue Jackets' third-round pick (No. 89) in the 2013 NHL Draft, made it 2-0 at 4:29.
Zach Sill scored a power-play goal for the Bears, the Washington Capitals' AHL affiliate, at 8:48 to cut the deficit to 2-1. But Lukas Sedlak's AHL-high ninth goal of the playoffs at 13:51 made it 3-1.
Bjorkstrand drew a penalty on Hersey defenseman Ryan Stanton six seconds into the third period and scored with two seconds remaining on the power play for a 4-1 lead. That goal turned out to be the game-winner when Hershey's Tyler Lewington and Liam O'Brien scored 1:51 apart midway through the period.
Lake Erie's Daniel Zaar hit the empty net with 1:01 remaining.
Anton Forsberg finished with 27 saves for Lake Erie. Hershey's Justin Peters made 24 saves.