by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Jake Jaremko scored the game-winner in overtime as Elk River pulled out a 6-5 win over Andover after squandering a 5-1 lead in the third period at Elk River Arena on Tuesday evening.
Jaremko, sophomore forward, delivered his second goal of the game and 11th of the season, four minutes into overtime. He fired the puck from the right side, more than 20 feet out, and it struck the bar and caromed into the net, after which he was mobbed by his relieved teammates. Austin Larson assisted.
Andrew Zerban also tallied two goals, and Tim Sanford and Chase Springman one each for the Elks (7-2 conference, 10-7 overall). Larson and Blake Hillman each assisted on two goals, and Sanford, Springman and Cooper Bleyhl one each.
Calvin Rak knocked in three goals and Nick Manny two for Andover (3-5-1 conference, 5-9-1 overall). Both scored twice in the furious third-period rally, with Rak knotting it up 5-5 with 51 seconds left.
Zerban had the lone goal of the first period, and Sanford, Jaremko and Zerban all scored within three and a half minutes in the second period for a 4-1 lead.
When Springman made it 5-1 at 4:25 of the third period, it looked like a rout, but Andover would outshoot the Elks 17-9 in that third period and got four of them past Maclean Berglove.
Berglove stopped 37 of 42 for the Elks. Andover had two goalies, with Chris Hamling 10-for-12 and Chase Perry 20-for-24.
The Elks had no power plays and Andover was 1-for-3.
The Elks will host Champlin Park on Friday evening.