Elk River-Zimmerman broke open a close game with three goals in the last eight minutes and defeated the Rogers Royals 5-1 on Saturday evening at home.
Emily Heid knocked in two goals — one shorthanded, one power play — giving the senior forward six goals in the last three games, and eight in all. Drea Westgaard, Hayley Williams and McKennah Wesloh had the others.
The Elks enjoyed a 55-28 advantage in shots on goal. Rogers senior goalie Michelle Klimstra made 50 saves. She kept her team within 2-1 until Heid connected on a power play with 7:59 left (Kaylee Forster assisting), Williams tapped a shot inside the post while falling to the ice with 3:25 left (Breanna Simon) and Wesloh punched a power play goal with 14 seconds left (Forster and Abbie Canton).
“The first two periods, we put all kinds of shots on the net and their goalie came up big for them,” said Elk coach Joe Heasley. “We had a couple at the end where we just threw it to the net and somehow they found their way in.”
Michaela Gould was in the nets for the Elks, stopping 27 of 28 and raising her varsity record to 2-0-1.
Gabrielle Billing put Rogers on the board first, at 10:12 of the second period, assisted by Kaitlin Braiedy and Kayla Bolster.
Westgaard tied the score at 13:14 with a goal assisted by Simon and Wesloh. Heid’s power play goal at 15:42, assisted by Forster, gave the Elks a 2-1 lead.
“For the most part, all our girls played well,” said Heasley. “Kaylee Forster had a real nice game on defense. I can’t think of anybody that didn’t play well.”
The Royals dropped to 6-5-1 with a four-game winless streak (0-3-1). They will skate in the Armstrrong Invitational starting Thursday against Anoka at New Hope Arena.
The Elks improved to 6-4-2 with a four-game unbeaten streak (3-0-1). They will skate in the Centennial tournament starting Thursday against Centennial, which will be a conference game.