Elk River-Zimmerman handled a long 3-on-5 disadvantage in the third period with minimal damage and got back in the win column with a 5-2 conquest of Forest Lake 5-2 at home Saturday evening.
The Elks led 4-1 when they drew a pair of five-minute penalties for head contact, on Peter Jones at 6:23 and Colton Budreau at 8:14, giving Forest Lake a 2-man advantage for a stretch of 3:09. They gave up a quick goal by Paul Stehr but held firm after that.
The Elks (6-3) got a shorthanded goal by Matt Kierstad in the first period and power play goal by Andrew Zerban in the second period, then broke it open early in third on goals by Reggie Lutz at :31 and Jake Jaremko at 3:44. Jaremko nailed an empty-netter from mid-rink at 16:24.
Jaremko notched three assists along with his two goals. Chase Springman and Lutz made two assists each and Zerban one assist. MacLean Berglove saved 27 of 29 shots.
Jake Peterson had the other goal for the Rangers (5-3-3) and goalie Jesse Garcia stopped 34 of 39 shots.
The No. 8 ranked Elks were coming off losses to No. 2 Edina, No. 3 Eden Prairie and No. 13 Grand Rapids in a holiday tournament.
“We can compete with them all,” said coach Gordie Roberts, noting that the eight of the nine periods were evenly played, but for a three-goal burst by Edina in one period. “That is the coaching staff’s view of things.”
The Elks will host Armstrong next Saturday at 7 p.m.