by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Two days after almost blowing a four-goal lead, the Elk River skaters made things easier on themselves with a shutout, beating Champlin Park 2-0 at home Thursday evening.
Tim Sanford and Peter Jones scored the goals, and the Elks special teams sparkled as they protected a 1-0 lead by killing four penalties in the second period.
“We looked at film and saw a lot of mistakes,” said coach Gordie Roberts, referring to the 6-5 overtime win over Andover on Tuesday in a game they led 5-1 in the third period, “and we talked about them in practice. And we came back and got a shutout.”
Roberts cited goalie Maclean Berglove for a solid game on the heels of that four-goal third period against Andover. It was Berglove’s second shutout in three games as the Elks beat Osseo 3-0 last Saturday.
The Elks’ third straight win gives them an 8-2 conference record and 11-7 overall. The Rebels fell to 2-5-2 and 5-7-3.
Next for the Elks is a non-conference game vs. Benilde-St. Margaret’s in St. Louis Park on Tuesday.