The Elk River-Zimmerman girls hoped to make it an Elk sweep at Hockey Day Minnesota but were stymied by a team they can’t seem to beat this year, the Anoka Tornadoes.
Anoka destroyed the Elks on special teams play, scoring quickly on two power plays, then adding a shorthanded goal, to grab a 3-0 win in 15-degree chill at the Handke Pit in a late afternoon/evening game.
The Elk boys beat Stillwater 4-1 earlier.
The Elks and goalie Michaela Gould had posted three straight shutout wins coming into the much-anticipated, outdoor, televised game.
But Anoka had two power plays in the first period and scored less than 30 seconds into each of them, with Cassidy Motter and Blair Parent each rifling a shot past Gould.
In the second period, the Elks had two power plays and came up empty while Parent picked up a loose puck on the second of those and delivered another laser past the goalie for a 3-0 lead.
Tornado goalie Molly Scarborough stopped 29 shots, while Gould was 10-for-13 and Jessica Edwards 2-for-2 in the final five minutes.
The Elks (5-4-3 conference, 11-6-3 overall) have a better record than Anoka (5-8-1 and 8-11-1) but have lost to the Tornadoes twice and scored just one goal. Anoka won the first meeting 2-1 in overtime.
The Elks will meet North Metro Stars on Tuesday in Brooklyn Park.