Elk River Junior Gold skaters heading to ‘state’ with top seed

The Elk River Junior Gold hockey team


Elk River’s Junior Gold hockey team has qualified for the “B” level state tournament after four region wins that earned them a No. 1 seed at state.

Elk River will take a 19-9-2 record into state March 15-16-17-19 at Plymouth Ice Arena, opening against Edina.  Coached by Dave Hansen and Matt James, they placed eighth in league play but had a  4-0 mark in the 33-team regionals, including a win over top-ranked Roseville.

Shane Loreno, Jake Johnson and Austin Linn are the co-captains. Johnson and Jake Rice split goal-tending duties.  Top scorers are Kyle Forster, Jake Knopick, Alex Stull, Wyatt Hansen and Travis Hansen.

Junior Gold is a program for students in grades 10-12 as an alternative to the high school team. There are three levels of state tournaments — A, B, and U165.