One Game Remains for Lake Erie

The Lake Erie Monsters are at the end of a 4-day stretch in which they had no game. The Monsters are preparing for Game 4 of the Calder Cup Finals which will take place tonight, Saturday, June 11, 2016.

The Monsters currently hold a 3-0 series lead over the Hershey Bears, not only that, but the Monsters currently have the best record through the AHL Calder Cup Playoffs. While that is to be expected seeing as they have a 3-0 series lead in the Calder Cup Finals, the point is that the Monsters have only lost two games throughout the entirety of the playoffs and if they can win Game 4 they will finish with the best playoff record since the inception of the current AHL playoff format.

Meanwhile, the Bears have lost nine total games, resulting in their 11-9 playoff record through 20 games. The Monsters have played 4 less games as they’ve taken care of their opponents easier, giving them a 14-2 playoff record through 16 games. Regardless, both of these teams will come back revitalized for the Game 4 matchup. The Monsters will be playing with their eyes on the prize while the Bears will be playing for their playoff lives.

The Monsters have gotten to this point thanks to their harmonious play between their young players and their veterans. In fact, the AHL playoff leaders in goals are both from Lake Erie, right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand and center Lukas Sedlak. Sedlak, who is 23, and Bjorkstrand, 21, have each scored 9 goals throughout the playoffs. Bjorkstrand has had 4 goals in the last two games and has come in clutch this postseason with 5 game winning goals. Both Bjorkstrand and Sedlak both have tallied 6 assists this post season, giving them 15 total points in the playoffs, good enough to tie for 3rd on the AHL playoff points leader board. Meanwhile, Monsters’ captain Ryan Craig, 34, leads Lake Erie’s assist category with 10 in 16 games, landing him 4th on the AHL playoff assist leader board.

No team in the history of the current AHL playoff format has made it through the postseason with fewer than 3 losses. The Norfolk Admirals lost only 3 times in the playoffs en route to their 2011-12 Calder Cup Championship. The Monsters have only lost two games thus far and are currently on an 8 game winning streak.

The Lake Erie Monsters are ready to capitalize on this extended rest period and hope to finish off the Hershey Bears. If they manage to follow through on this, they will capture their franchise first Calder Cup Championship and complete a historically great post season run.

 

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