Hockey: Curtis hits 4 goals as Elk girls tie Eden Prairie 5-5

With Jonna Curtis knocking in four goals, the unbeaten Elk River-Zimmerman skaters built a two-goal lead and wound up tying Eden Prairie 5-5 on Thursday evening at Eden Prairie.

Coach Joe Heasley said it was what you’d call “a bad tie” considering the Elks (5-0-1) lost a two-goal lead in the last seven minutes, but felt his team played well.

About Curtis, he said, “She played well, and it seemed like everything she shot went in the net. She had a couple of soft goals, one off the pad, and one at a wide open net off a pass from Madison.”

Curtis, a senior with 12 goals in six games, scored twice in the first period (including a power play) with assists from Emily Heid and Madison Ellis.

The New Hampshire recruit scored unassisted in the second, and again in the third with Chelsea Petrich assisting.

Curtis  assisted on the Elks’ final goal, by Josie Brown on a 5-on-3 power play.

Brown’s goal gave the Elks a 5-3 lead with 7:52 remaining.

However, Eden Prairie scrambled back as Angie Heppelman scored with 6:49 left and Charly Dahlquist tied it with 1:52 left. The Eagles had goals from five different players.

Neither team could score in the OT with the Elks outshooting the Eagles 5-3.

In the game, the Elks outshot the Eagles 41-22. They had a 5-on-3 power play in the first period, too, and couldn’t capitalize.

Tori Herrmann stopped 17 of 22 for the Elks, and McKenzie Johnson stopped 36 of 41 for the Eagles.

The Elks, at 5-0 the lone unbeaten in the NWSC, will host Anoka on Tuesday evening.

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