Hockey: Elk girls knot Anoka 2-2 in conference opener

Elk River-Zimmerman’s McKenna Wesley celebrated her goal in the third period along with Haley Williams (5) and Kaylee Forster (18). (Photo by Bob Burley)


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.

Mandy Sailor (top) of the Elks and Leni Mack of Anoka collided while pursuing the puck. (Photo by Bob Burley)


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.

ERZ’s Abbie Canton advanced the puck, chased by Anoka’s Blair Parent. (Photo by Bob Burley)