Hockey: Top-seeded Elks beat Bluejackets 3-0 in section opener
by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Jonna Curtis and the Elk River Elks started their bid for a state tournament trip beating Cambridge-Isanti 3-0 at home Thursday evening.
The Elks, top-seeded in Section 7AA, face No. 4 Proctor-Hermantown-Marshall at home Saturday, 3 p.m., with Grand Rapids-Greenway vs. Cloquet in the other semifinal. The finals will be Wednesday at Forest Lake, 7 p.m.
Curtis scored her 40th and 41st goals, Tori Hermann notched her second straight shutout with 20 saves, and Meagan Orrock had the other goal, for the Elks (18-8).
The Elks were 4-0 against section teams, including the other three semifinalists, in the regular season, but coach Joe Heasley takes nothing for granted.
“It’s really wide open,” said Heasley. “Three of the four games were close, one or two goals, and the 5-1 game, Grand Rapids didn’t play well that night and we did. We could win it (the section) or the fifth seed could win it.”
Abby Kratzke and Cassi Schreckenghaust assisted on Orrock’s goal, while Chelsey Petrich and Danielle Esperum assisted on Curtis’ second goal.
Bluejacket goalie Elizabeth Hafner saved 27 of 30 shots.
Cambrgie-Isanti, paired with Mora and Pine City, finished 6-16-2.
The Elks are facing the P-H-M team that beat them 4-0 in last year’s finals, when the Elks were also top-seeded. This year the Elks beat P-H-M in the regular season