Elk River-Zimmerman was on the brink of a second straight upset loss before clutch goals by Mitchell Kierstad and Andrew Zerban pulled out 3-2 overtime win over Armstrong on Thursday evening.
The Elks outshot the Falcons 44-16 at Elk River Arena but trailed until just 1:01 remained in the game when Kierstad knotted the score with a goal assisted by Jared McLaughlin.
Zerban settled the issue by scoring at 1:23 of the overtime, Wyatt Ege and Alex Miller assisting.
The Elks (6-3 conference, 9-6-1 overall) were down 2-0 after Kristian Evans scored in the first period and Ches Masserano in the second period (power play) for Armstrong (2-8-1, 4-10-1).
Nick McCormack got one back for the Elks before the second period ended.
The Elks were coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to Andover, a team they had never lost to, on Saturday.
Armstrong goalie Michael Greenberg made 41 saves, while the Elks permitted few shots at their own goal, where Anders Francke made 12 saves.
In the Elks’ first game since penalties for risky hits were increased, each team got one five-minute boarding penalty.
ERZ will duel Anoka there 3 p.m. Saturday.