by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Elk River gave unbeaten Mounds View a good battle in the finals of the Centennial holiday tournament before falling to the Mustangs 2-1 on Saturday evening.
“We struggled early, but it was nice to see that we were right in it (at the end),” said Elk coach Joe Heasley. He added, “It was an encouraging week.”
The Elks (4-9-3) reached the finals by defeating Centennial 3-2 and White Bear Lake 5-1.
Mounds View (14-0-1), ranked No. 5 in Class 2A, limited the Elks to just 15 shots on goal while launching 35.
Heasley praised the Mustangs as a talented, veteran team tough to score against.
“But our goalie played well, too,” the coach said, about Jessica Edwards.
Elk sophomore Abby Canton scored at 13:32 of second period to tie the score 1-1. She rushed the net to start the play and wound up shoving a rebound past Mustang goalie Mary Dingman after the goalie blocked a shot by Jenna Gerber and was flat on her stomach.
Mounds View sophomore Emmy Michaelson got the first goal of the game at 11:23 of the second period when her shot hit the heel of Edwards’ glove, bounced off her shoulder and into the net.
After Canton knotted the score, the Mustangs regained a 2-1 lead with just five seconds left in the period when freshman Sydney Brodt drilled a goal from Edwards’ right, rushing the net.
The Mustangs controlled the puck throughout the third period to protect their lead. Edwards stopped one breakaway by the Mustangs and they hit the top pipe on another breakaway.
After collecting the tournament runner-up plaque, Heasley noted, “This is the time we’ve been talking about, where we want to starting beating teams like this. We hope this will be the start of good things when we get back to conference play.”
The Elks will host Armstrong-Cooper on Friday evening.