HERSHEY, Pa. (theahl.com) … Anton Forsberg made 26 saves for his sixth win in a row and Ohio native Trent Vogelhuber scored the winning goal in the third period as the Lake Erie Monsters opened the 2016 Calder Cup Finals with a 4-1 win over the Hershey Bears at Giant Center tonight.
The teams go back at it in Game 2 on Friday night (7 p.m. ET, AHL Live, SiriusXM 91).
For Bourque, his 77th career assist in the Calder Cup Playoffs moved him into sole possession of second place all-time, three behind Darren Haydar (80).
Vogelhuber gave Lake Erie its first lead at 5:39 of the third period when his centering attempt glanced off of Bears defender Aaron Ness and redirected past Peters. It was Vogelhuber’s second goal of the playoffs, and his first since Game 1 of the opening round vs. Rockford.
Lake Erie opened up a 3-1 lead with 6:27 remaining as Zaar stripped the puck from Ryan Stanton and slipped it past Peters for his second goal of the evening and fifth of the playoffs. Markus Hannikainen finished the scoring at 15:09 with a deflection of Dean Kukan‘s shot.
Forsberg (6-0), who raised his postseason save percentage to .956, has now allowed just eight goals on 183 shots in his seven playoff appearances.
Peters (11-6) made 22 saves on the night but saw his five-game home winning streak come to an end.
NOTES: Hershey, which was 0-for-2 on the power play in Game 1, was not assessed a single penalty in the contest… Former Bear Ryan Craig had an assist for Lake Erie… In Calder Cup Finals history, the Game 1 winner has gone on to win the series 60 of 79 times (75.9 percent)… Attendance was 8,875.
2016 Calder Cup Finals – Series “O” (best-of-7)
A1-Hershey Bears vs. C2-Lake Erie Monsters
Game 1 – Wed., June 1 – Lake Erie 4, HERSHEY 1
Game 2 – Fri., June 3 – Lake Erie at Hershey, 7:00
Game 3 – Mon., June 6 – Hershey at Lake Erie, 7:00
Game 4 – Sat., June 11 – Hershey at Lake Erie, 7:00
*Game 5 – Sun., June 12 – Hershey at Lake Erie, 6:00
*Game 6 – Tue., June 14 – Lake Erie at Hershey, 7:00
*Game 7 – Fri., June 17 – Lake Erie at Hershey, 7:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern
— AHL (@TheAHL) June 2, 2016