Monsters beat Griffins in OT, lead series 1-0

CLEVELAND – Oliver Bjorkstrand scored on a one-timer from the left circle at 12:23 of overtime on Thursday to give the Lake Erie Monsters a 3-2 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins in Game 1 of the Central Division Finals at Quicken Loans Arena.

Lake Erie will host Game 2 of this best-of-seven on Saturday at noon before the series turns to Van Andel Arena for Game 3 on Sunday at 4 p.m. and Game 4 on Tuesday at 7 p.m.