Hockey: Blaine hands Elk boys first loss 3-1

Teammates converge on Nick McCormack (17) after he scored the game's first goal. (Photo by Bob Burley)

The Blaine Bengals knocked Elk River-Zimmerman from the unbeaten ranks 3-1 on Saturday evening at Elk River Arena.

Nick McCormack put the Elks (4-1) on the scoreboard with a power play goal just 3:03 into the game, but Blaine goalie Nick Malvan would shut them down the rest of the way, making 28 saves.

Michael Brodzewski tied the score for Blaine (3-1) later in the first period, and Tyler Cline scored twice in the third period, including a power play.

Anders Frank, Elk goalie, stopped 28 of 31 shots. Blaine was 1-for-2 and the Elks 1-for-3 on the power play.

Next for the Elks will be the Edina holiday tournament, starting with Eden Prairie on Thursday at 6 p.m.

A shot by Austin Larson (14) of the Elks was knocked away by Blaine goalie Nick Malvan, wih Joey Vegel trailing the play. (Photo by Bob Burley)Taylor Bryan of the Elks and Zach Wylie (5) of Blaine tangled while chasing the puck. (Photo by Bob Burley)