Hockey: Elk boys blank Champlin Park 2-0

Peter Jones steered the puck past Rebel goalie Grant Schuenke. (Photo by Bob Burley)

Peter Jones steered the puck past Rebel goalie Grant Schuenke. (Photo by Bob Burley)

 

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.

Tim Sanford and Blake Hillman celebrate a goal by Sanford. (Photo by Bob Burley)

Tim Sanford and Blake Hillman celebrate a goal by Sanford. (Photo by Bob Burley)

“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.

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