Hockey: Canton hat trick helps Elks nab first win, 4-3 over Centennial

Abby Canton knocked in three goals as Elk River-Zimmerman girls picked up their first win, 4-3 over the Centennial Cougars on Saturday in Circle Pines.

Allison Boser notched the decisive fourth goal and sophomore goalie Jessica Edwards got the win with 19 saves in her varsity debut for the Elks (1-3-1).

Centennial (1-3-1) is coached by Dale Sager, who was the Elks assistant coach for several years before taking the Cougars helm this year.

Canton, a sophomore forward, had one goal in the first four games before delivering the hat trick at Centennial.

Canton had the lone goal of the first period in a scramble in front of the net, Breanna Simon and Ali Gallus assisting.

Centennial’s Jessica Boespflug scored on a power play in the second period and Canton countered with an unassisted goal 3:34 later.

Canon made it 3-1 on a power play 2:07 into the third period, deflecting a shot from the  point by Mandy Sailor, with Chelsey Petrich also assisting.

Lauren Kolak answered for Centennial at 7:21, but Boser notched her first varsity goal (Sophia Schutt assisting), giving the Elks a two-goal lead again at 9:04.

Hannah Wind closed the gap to 4-3 for Centennial at 14:15.

The Elks had a 27-22 edge in shots. The Elks were 1-for-3 and Cougars 1-for-2 on power plays.

The Elks will play  at Coon Rapids on Tuesday.