The Lake Erie Monsters are one win away from the Calder Cup after defeating the Hershey Bears 3-2 in overtime of Game 3 of the Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Monday.
Oliver Bjorkstrand scored 1:20 into overtime for Lake Erie, which is 14-2 in the playoffs. Anton Forsberg made 17 saves for the Monsters to win his eighth straight start.
Game 4 of the best-of-7 series is Saturday at Lake Erie, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Dustin Gazley scored for Hershey, the affiliate of the Washington Capitals, to tie the game 2-2 with 1:00 left in the second period.
Ryan Stanton gave Hershey a 1-0 lead 2:07 into the game. Bjokstrand scored at 6:44 to tie it 1-1, and Daniel Zaar gave Lake Erie a 2-1 lead with 1:47 left in the second period on a power-play goal.
Game 3 was the first Calder Cup Finals game in Cleveland since May 13, 1966, when the Rochester Americans won the championship by defeating the Cleveland Barons in Game 6 at the Arena on Euclid Avenue.
Cleveland won the AHL championship nine times, the last in 1964.