A depleted Elk River-Zimmerman boys hockey squad took a quick 3-0 lead and held off Holy Family Catholic 3-2 in a non-conference game at home Tuesday evening.
Senior forward Tim Sanford drilled a pair of goals, sandwiched around sophomore forward Jake Jaremko’s power play goal, all in the first seven minutes of the game.
Elk River (3-1) would outshoot the Fire 32-19 but did not score any more against HFC goalie Daryl Rasmussen. Elk goalie Maclean Berglove stopped 17 of 19 shots.
The Elks, already missing three players due to a misconduct the previous game (Grant Bunker, Colton Budreau and Chase Spring), had a fourth player ejected when Cooper Bleyhl was called for head contact in the second period.
HFC (2-3) closed the gap with goals by Max Mork (power play) in the second period and Will Fain in the third period. The Elks clung to their one-goal lead for the last 11 minutes.
Wyatt Ege assisted on the first two Elk goals. Andrew Zerban and Jaremko each made one assist.
The Elks will host Osseo on Saturday, 7 p.m.