Hockey: Elk girls clip NWC 3-1, Curtis nears team record

Jonna Curtis is two points shy of the team career scoring record after leading Elk River-Zimmerman to a 3-1 win over North Wright County on Tuesday evening at St. Michael.

The senior forward plunked in two third-period goals, giving her 22 goals and 10 assists this year, and 136 goals and 110 assists in her career for 246 points. Her 22 goals are tied for third in the state.

The Elk record-holder is Jessica Pullar with 248 points on 156 goals and 92 assists. Pullar was scoring leader on the Elks 2004 state champion team and played for Bemidji State.

A duel of two ranked teams who both went to “state” last year was scoreless until the third period.

Curtis scored at 2:41 of the third, assisted by Chelsey Petrich. Maddi Young tied it for NWC at 4:37, assisted by Rachel Heiber. Curtis got the lead back at 9:43, assisted by Kaylee Forster. Abby Kratze got an empty-netter with 19 seconds on the clock.

Elk goalie Tori Herrmann stopped 22 of 23 shots. NWC goalie Amanda Koeppe stopped 26 of 28.

The Elks, ranked No. 8 in Class AA, are 9-1-1. The River Hawks, ranked No. 5 in Class A, are 7-5.

Next for the Elks is the Centennial tournament starting next Tuesday against the host team at 8 p.m.