Hockey: Elk girls pummel Blaine 5-1

Jonna Curtis (left) and teammates celebrated one of her goals. No. 37 is Madison Ellis and No. 18 is Kaylee Forster. (Photo by Bob Burley)


by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Jonna Curtis pumped in three goals and assisted on two more, and Tori Herrman made 25 saves, as Elk River/Zimmerman thumped  the Blaine Bengals 5-1 at home Tuesday evening.

Curtis hit two power play goals and set up Josie Brown’s power play goal as the Elks went 3-for-7 with 5-on-4 advantages. Blaine did scuttle them on two 5-on-3 advantages.

Elk goalie Tori Herrmann blocked a shot by Blaine's Brittany Palmer. Defenders included Abby Kratzke (3) and Julia Miller (right). (Photo by Bob Burley)

Curtis and Julia Miller scored in the first period.  Miller, a freshman forward, got her first varsity goal from close range, working with Curtis and Jordyn Denne.

The second period went scoreless with each team launching just six shots. Blaine pulled within a goal on Kiersten Falck’s rebound shot on a breakaway 4:20 into the third period.

The Elks, who had a 34-27 edge in shots, finished strong. Brown redirected a missive from Curtis into the net at 7:04 and Curtis struck again at 12:46 and 15:36.

Cassey Petrich (right) of the Elks crossed swords with Blaine's Afton Zebro. (Photo by Bob Burley)

Also getting assists for the Elks were Kaylee Forster (two) and Madison Ellis.

Curtis now has 27 goals and Brown is next with seven. Herrmann has a .934 save percentage and 1.29 goals-against.

The Elks and Anoka are tied for first place at 9-1 in the NWSC, followed by Andover 7-3 and Blaine 6-3.

The Elks (12-2-1 overall) will  host Andover on Thursday.