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The Lake Erie Monsters Are AHL Champions

from Puck-Rakers,

After 52 years, the Calder Cup once again resides in Cleveland, and it took a monumental performance by Oliver Bjorkstrand to make it happen.

Bjorkstrand’s goal with 1.9 seconds remaining in overtime led the Lake Erie Monsters to a 1-0 win over the Hershey Bears and a four-game sweep in the American Hockey League’s championship.

“Amazing feeling, obviously,” Bjorkstrand said. “A little bit of a lucky situation, but sometimes you win that way. I knew I couldn’t take much time to (shoot) the puck.”
Goaltender Anton Forsberg, who took over late in Round 2 of the playoffs, had a 23-save shutout to win his ninth straight game.

Lake Erie is the top minor-league affiliate of the Blue Jackets, and Bjorkstrand is one of the Blue Jackets’ top prospects. That was further cemented in these playoffs, especially the final series.

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SYF's avatar

Truly happy for the city of Cleveland.  Might be just a minor league team, but they’re champs.  The city has had a dearth of sports champs for the longest time.  Well deserved.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/12/16 at 04:10 PM ET

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