They have the hidden-ball trick in lacrosse, too, and Elk River used it Friday night to pull out an 8-7 win over Buffalo in the regular-season finale.
In the final minute with the score tied, Kyle Badger pretended he had the ball, while Wyatt Hansen actually had it, and with the Bison going for the fake, Hansen passed to Alex Stull near the net. Stull made short-range shot to win it.
“That’s a play I never call,” said coach Thomas Haugen, “but one of our assistants, Robby Pullar, said he thought it would work. It did. In fact, we dropped the ball, and they still went for it.”
Elk River had led 6-3 going into the final quarter but Buffalo caught up and had the momentum so the Elks needed to try something.
Stull has been the Elks top scorer with about 20 for the season, said Haugen.
Matt Keller had two goals for the Elks. Nate Storby, a first-year player, got his first goal, Haugen mentioned. Jacob Brentesen as always was in goal.
The Elks finished the regular season 4-9 and were seeded sixth among nine teams in Section 8. They will take on No. 3 Maple Grove there Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.