by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Elk River-Zimmerman gave up a goal with two minutes left in regulation and had to settle for a 1-1 tie with Spring Lake Park at home on Thursday evening.
The Elks got on the board in the 25th minute as Jordan Griffin got the goal with an assist from Joey Benz. The Elks led 1-0 at the half and had a 7-2 edge in shots on goal.
“The second half got physical and the game changed,” said Lindquist. “Elk River started to loose their cool and the boys were playing all on adrenaline without thinking about the game.”
The Elks (2-0-1) gave up a penalty kick which was saved by Cody Christ, but Spring Lake Park scored in the last two minutes to make it 1-1. The Elks regained their focus and composure to play well until the horn and through two overtime periods.
“It was good for us to have a game like this early in the season,” Lindquist said, “because we can recognize that we need to worry about ourselves and not things out of our control. When the game gets physical we still have to perform our jobs on the field as a team and not let our adrenaline run to our heads.”
Spring Lake Park will be a conference opponent next year as they join the NWSC along with Irondale and Totino-Grace.
The Elks will open conference hosting Andover on Tuesday.