Hockey: Elk girls battle Crimson to 2-2 tie

Drea Westgaard of the Elks knocks home the goal with Crimson goalie Breanna Blesi fallen to the ice in a scramble at the net. (Photo by Bob Burley).

Drea Westgaard of the Elks knocks home the goal with Crimson goalie Breanna Blesi fallen to the ice in a scramble at the net. (Photo by Bob Burley).

 

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

The Elk River-Zimmeman girls skated to an encouraging 2-2 tie with Maple Grove at home on Tuesday evening.

“We’ve been pretty sluggish for a week and a half, and it was nice to see the girls play this well against a good team,” said coach Joe Heasley.

All the scoring occurred within three minutes, 44 seconds late in the second period — in order, by Taylor Wente of Maple Grove, Drea Westgaard of the Elks, Summer Thibodeau of the Crimson, and Breanna Simon of the Elks, on a power play.

Assisting for the Elk goals were Julia Miller and McKenna Wesloh, respectively.

In the overtime, neither team had a strong scoring opportunity except for a rush to the net by Elk River’s Kaylee Forster for a close-range shot which MG goalie Brenna Blesi was able to block.

The Elks are 3-3-2 in conference and 3-4-2 overall. Maple Grove is 4-1-2 and 6-2-2.

Maple Grove outshot the Elks 37-29, with Elk sophomore goalie Michaela Gould holding firm with 35 saves while Blesi made 27 for the Crimson. The Elks were 1-for-6 and the Crimson 0-for-4 on power plays.

The Elks will host section rival Cloquet-Esko-Carleton on Friday evening.

Elk River-Zimmerman's Shae McLean gets wedged between Maple Grove's Claire McLean (6) and Olivia Rosenow (12). (Photo by Bob Burley)

Elk River-Zimmerman’s Shae McLean gets wedged between Maple Grove’s Claire McLean (6) and Olivia Rosenow (12). (Photo by Bob Burley)

Elk goalie Michaela Gould deflects the shot as Maple Grove's Abby Larson (16) tries to score. At left is Kennedi Mitchell (33). (Photo by Bob Burley).

Elk goalie Michaela Gould deflects the shot as Maple Grove’s Abby Larson (16) tries to score. At left is Kennedi Mitchell (33). (Photo by Bob Burley).

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