Hockey: Curtis, Forster lead Elk girls over Cougars 3-1

Jonna Curtis (6, black) squeezed between Centennial's Kayla Ostendorf (6) and Hannah Wind (9) to pounce on a rebound and slip the puck past Phaylen Meyer. (Photo by Bob Burley)


by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Jonna Curtis tied the team career scoring record and Kaylee Forster delivered two goals as Elk River-Zimmerman topped Centennial 3-1 on Tuesday evening.
The victory came in the first round of the Centennial Holiday Tournament in Circle Pines.

Curtis, a senior in her fifth varsity season, got the first goal of the game at 14:00 of he first period on a rebound shot, then assisted (along with Madison Ellis) on a goal by Forster at 16:49, for a 2-0 lead.

The two points put Curtis at 248 in her career on 137 goals and 111 assists. She tied the record held by Jessica Pullar (156-92-248) since 2004. Curtis has 23 goals this year.

Kaylee Forster (right) celebrated one of her goals with Elk teammates. (Photo by Bob Burley)

Forster, a sophomore defenseman, scored on a power play at 14:24 of the second period, Ellis and Jordan McLaughlin assisting. Forster notched her first two goals of the season.

Centennial’s Carly Taschner got one past Elk goalie Tori Herrman at 2:25 of the third, with Hermman stopping 20 other shots. Cougar goalie Phaylen Meyer stopped 24 of 27.

The tournament opener was also a conference game for the Elks and the win keeps them in a first-place tie with Anoka at 8-1.

Centennial is 4-4 in conference and 5-7 overall.

The Elks (10-1-1 overall) face Mounds View (10-2) in the semifinals at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Circle Pines. The other semifinal has Moorhead facing White Bear Lake at 6 p.m.

White Bear Lake beat Wayzata 2-1, Mounds View  beat Chisago Lakes 3-1, and Moorhead topped North St. Paul 3-0.