Peter Jones’ first goal of the season was an overtime game-winner as Elk River shook off Anoka and its hot goalie Robbie Goor 2-1 on Tuesday evening at home.
“I was in the right place at the right time,” said Jones, a sophomore forward, who scored on a rebound during a power play five minutes into the extra session.
Reggie Lutz had the other goal, also on a power play, in the second period, with Goor stopping 33 other shots by the Elks.
Maclean Berglove turned away 16 of 17 shots by the Tornadoes to earn the win.
“Anoka came in and played a really solid game. They are well coached and their goalie was very good,” said Elk coach Gordie Roberts. “At the end, it was good to see Peter finally get a goal. He has been working really hard.”
The Elks, ranked No. 11 in Class AA, are 5-1 overall and 4-0 in the NWSC. Blaine and Maple Grove are 3-0 in conference and Centennial 3-1.
After Goor withstood furious pressure in the third period to keep the game tied 1-1, the Elks continued to keep the puck in Anoka’s end during overtime. A boarding penalty on Anoka’s Cody Pinewski 3:40 into the OT put the Elks in a five-minute power play.
The score came after Wyatt Ege took a pass from Andrew Zerban and launched a big slap shot at the goal. Jones was where he was supposed to be, and finished the play perfectly.
“My job is to be in front of the net,” said Jones. “We’ve got a lot of really skilled players on the outside and they were doing a real good job passing it around and drawing the opponents out. Wyatt made a great shot, and I tipped it, and that threw the goalie off. It bounced back and I turned and shot.”
Jones acknowledged goals were tough to come by.
“Their goalie was really good. He’s a big guy with a real good glove.”
Anoka has been struggling — they’re 1-3-1 conference, 1-6-1 overall — but scored first against the Elks and didn’t trail until the sudden-death goal.
Kurtis Trevald put the Tornadoes on the board at 15:04 of the first period. The Elks knotted the score just 31 seconds into the second period, with a man advantage, when Lutz knocked in a rebound after Ege fired a slap shot and Jones just missed on the deflection.
The next almost 40 minutes were a stalemate until Jones settled the issue.
Next for the Elks is the Edina Holiday Invitational, starring Thursday against No. 9 Eden Prairie at 6 p.m. at Braemar Arena.