Bears On the Brink, Trail Series 0-3

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Posted June 6, 2016

(via the Bears)

Oliver Bjorkstrand scored twice, including the overtime game-winner, in Lake Erie’s 3-2 win over the Hershey Bears. The Bears now sit one loss away from a sweep, a disappointing end to an otherwise promising season.

Hershey only fired 19 shots on goal for the duration of the contest; six came in the first, seven in the second, six again in the third, and none in the 80 seconds of overtime. Justin Peters saved 25 of Lake Erie’s 28 shots on goal.

Ryan Stanton opened the scoring for the Chocolate and White, the first time for such an occurrence this series. After Anton Forsberg stopped both Riley Barber and Carter Camper, the rebound popped to Stanton at the top of the left circle. His slap shot deflected off Steve Eminger and went into the net for a 1-0 lead.

Dean Kuklan, a seven-year veteran of hockey, should know better than to pass the puck through the center of the ice in his defensive zone. However, Brett Gallant tapped the loose puck to Lukas Sedlak and a two-on-one break resulted. Sedlak’s pass eluded Erik Burgdoerfer and Bjorkstrand hammered it home to tie the game.

Both teams managed to get a goal in the second period, sending the game into the third tied at two. Daniel Zaar‘s one-timer on the power play and Dustin Gazley‘s quick wrister gave the Monsters and Bears an additional goal.

A scoreless third gave way to the first overtime of this Calder Cup Finals. Zach Werenski collected a puck off a faceoff early in OT, and his shot went off Bjorkstrand to give the Monsters a chance at a sweep.

Game 4 will have to wait until Saturday, as Games 3 and 4 of the NBA Finals will be at Quicken Loans Arena in the interim.