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.
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.