Elk River-Zimmerman’s second game was not nearly as impressive as its first game but the Elks pulled out a 7-6 victory over Andover in their conference opener Saturday evening at home.
A burst of three goals in 78 seconds by the Elks early in the third period, the first two from Chase Brinkman and the other from Jake Jaremko, gave them a 6-4 lead. The Elks looked safe when Andrew Zerban made it 7-4 by nailing a backhand shot from the circle with just 5:45 left.
However, Andover (1-2) kept scrapping and got goals from Tyler Tomberlin at 11:46 and 16:36, the latter on a pileup in front of the Elk net. With the Elks unable to get a shot at an empty net in the final minute, the Huskies pulled within one with 24 seconds left and almost tied the score with six seconds left.
It was a furious offensive game with the Elks firing 44 shots on goal and Andover 42. The Elks led 3-2 after one period and trailed 4-3 after the second period, giving up two goals within 57 seconds early in that period.
The No. 5 ranked Elks were coming off a 3-1 win over defending state champion Edina a week earlier when goalie MacLean Berglove stopped 32 of 33 shots. Against Andover, the net was under attack throughout the game and Berglove had a tough night, as did Andover’s Ryan Olson.
Jaremko, Springman and Zerban had two goals apiece for the Elks, and Dylan Bouten opened the scoring with his first varsity goal. Jaremko and Zerban each assisted on two goals. Joe Gonrowski, Jack Geissler and Colton Budreau had one assist each.
Tomberlin had the hat trick for Andover with John Chorzempa, Nick Haller and Reece Tallbane hitting one apiece.
Elk River will play at section rival Duluth East on Tuesday evening. The Greyhounds have won the Elks’ section, 7AA, five straight seasons.