Lake Erie Beats Hershey 5-3, Takes 2-0 Series Lead

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The Lake Erie Monsters beat the Hershey Bears 5-3 in game 2 of the Calder Cup Finals on Friday night in Hershey, taking a 2-0 series lead. Game 3 is Monday night in Cleveland. Puck-drop is 7:00 PM. 

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Bruce Boudreau at the game.

The starting lines for the Bears:

Offesnive lines:
C. Bourque-Stephenson-Vrana
Walker-Camper-Barber
O’Brien-Boyd-Gazley
R. Bourque-Sill-Mitchell

Defensive pairs:
Stanton-Bowey
Ness-Lewington
Djoos-Burgdoerfer

Justin Peters got the start in net for the Bears. Complete stats for the game can be found here:

FIRST PERIOD
Lake Erie struck early on a power play goal by 18 year-old Zach Werenski at 3:05 of the first period.

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The Bears responded well for the remainder of the first period, with several quality chances and good overall pressure in the offensive zone, but just couldn’t find the back of the net. The first period would end with the Monsters leading 1-0. The Bears led in shots on goal were 10-9 after one period of play.

SECOND PERIOD
Lake Erie would stretch the lead to 2-0 on a wrister by Oliver Bjorkstrand at 4:29 of the middle frame.

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Zach Sill cut the Monsters lead in half on a 5-on-3 power play goal at 8:48 of the second period.

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The Bears would continue to buzz in the offensive zone, but unfortunately the Monsters would answer and regain the two-goal margin on a goal by Lukas Sedlak at 13:51 of the second period.

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The second period would end with Lake Erie leading 3-1. The Bears led in shots on goal 23-16.

THIRD PERIOD
Lake Erie would notch a power play goal by Oliver Bjorkstrand at 2:04 to take a 4-1 lead early in the third period.

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The Bears Tyler Lewington would cut the Monsters lead to 4-2 with 10:03 to go in regulation. This was the rookie blueliner’s 4th goal of the playoffs.

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Liam O’Brien would close the gap to a single goal with 8:09 remaining in regulation.

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Lake Erie would add an empty net goal late to seal the 5-3 win for Lake Erie. This was the first back-to-back losses all playoffs for the Bears. Hershey lost the first 2 at home to Texas in 2010, and rallied to win the series.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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