by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
The Andover Huskies handed Elk River-Zimmerman a payback defeat, 2-0, on Thursday evening, knocking the Elks from a first-place tie.
Andover goalie Madison Denny stopped 21 Elk shots, while the Huskies scored early — 46 seconds after the opening faceoff — and late — three minutes left in the game — at Elk River Arena.
“We could not get anything going. They had us bottled up all night,” acknowledged Elk coach Joe Heasley. “They’re a good team. They have three solid lines and a very good goaltender. We only had a few good chances to score.”
The Elks, who beat the Huskies 2-1 on Dec. 3, are now 8-2 in the Northwest Suburban and Anoka leads alone at 9-2. Andover is third at 8-3.
Tori Herrmann was in goal for the Elks (12-3-1 overall).
Next for the Elks is game at Champlin Park on Saturday at 3 p.m.