Elk River-Zimmerman’s young girls hockey team scrapped to a 2-2 tie with Anoka in their conference opener at home Tuesday evening.
The Elks, coming off a 6-1 opening loss to Wayzata on Saturday, outshot the Tornadoes 36-26.
Elk freshman forward Jenna Gerber scored in the first period, tying the game 1-1. Anoka’s Kayla McLaughlin had scored shorthanded earlier in the period.
McKennah Wesloh, eighth-grade defender, gave the Elks a 2-1 lead with a goal 2:49 into the third period. The lead stood until 1:28 remained when Amanda Kimmerley knotted the score for Anoka.
Elk senior goalie Kim Scott stopped 24 of 26, and Anoka’s Molly Scarborough stopped 34 of 36.
The Elks were 0-for-6 on power plays and Anoka 0-for-4. The Elks had the lone power play in overtime.
Coach Joe Heasley, reflecting on the first two games, said, “Wayzata was a good team … We lost but our kids worked hard and we skated well with them. For eight out of our 15 kids who play varsity, it was their first varsity action. So I think there were a lot of nerves there and we made some mistakes that cost us.
The Anoka game went much better.
“We came out right away and skated hard and played pretty good. Anoka has a couple really good players. Emilie Brigham and Blair Parent. Both of them had a lot of points last year, and we kept them to a total of one point last night.”
Heasley said Kim Scott played well in the nets and “I think our whole team kind of settled down a little bit tonight, as compared to the Wayzata game.”
The Elks will host Blaine next Tuesday.