The Lake Erie Monsters came back to the Q with a 2-0 lead on the Ontario Reign. Two more wins and the Monsters advance to the Calder Cup.
The fans were absolutely electric for the whole night, especially after the great first period by Lake Erie. Oliver Bjorkstrand got the Monsters on the board first, scoring at the six-minute mark of the first period. Sonny Milano joined his teammate by scoring at the 7:50 mark of the period. Josh Anderson continued to ride the playoff scoring barrage he has been on, scoring at the 10:27 mark of the period. Kerby Rychel and Steve Eminger were credited with the assists. The Ontario Reign found themselves in a very unfamiliar situation in this year’s Calder Cup Playoffs.
After Markus Hannikainen put the game to 4-0 at the 16:31 mark of the second period, the Monsters started to cruise into victory. Physical play was the only thing that Ontario had going for them, as the Monsters out-hustled the Reign to a 4-0 victory. The one thing that stood out in the third period was the goalie change for Ontario, who switched out Peter Budaj for Michael Houser. Houser shut the Monsters out in the third period. Is this the change that Ontario needed? We saw a goalie change work with Grand Rapids and even the Monsters in the previous round.
With a 3-0 series lead and two more to play at home, the Monsters are in the best possible situation. Game 4 is Thursday, May 26 at 7pm. The Calder Cup is getting closer and closer to becoming a reality for the Monsters. Battle Together, Cleveland.