A deflected, power-play shot seconds into the third period gave Elk River-Zimmerman the lead and the Elks went on to defeat Coon Rapids 3-1 on Tuesday evening to stay unbeaten.
In their first road game, the Elks were tied 1-1 with the Cardinals after two periods. With a one-player advantage to start the third period, Kaylee Forster took a pass from Jonna Curtis and launched a shot that glanced off Jordan McLaughlin and into the net 21 seconds into the period. McLaughlin got credit for the goal and the other two got assists.
Curtiis notched her fifth goal of the year later in the period for a cushion, assisted by Josie Brown and Chelsey Petrich.
Brown scored on a power play in the first period, assisted by McLaughlin and Madison Ellis, as the Elks were 2-for-3 and Coon Rapids 1-for-5 on power plays.
Addie Rust had the goal for Coon Rapids, knotting the score in the second period. On a power play she knocked in a rebound after Elk goalie Tori Herrmann juggled the puck.
The Elks had a 30-24 edge in shots with Herrmann making 23 saves.
The Elks are 3-0, all NWSC games. They’ll play at Andover on Saturday, 7 p.m.