Hockey: Elk girls fall to Anoka 3-0 on Hockey Day

Drea Westgaard (15) of the Elks chases an Anoka player with the puck. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Drea Westgaard (15) of the Elks chases an Anoka player with the puck. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

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.

Elk goalie Michaela Gould under pressure in the first period. (Photo by Bob Burley)

Elk goalie Michaela Gould under pressure in the first period. (Photo by Bob Burley)

 

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.

Scuffling along the boards were Elk River's Breanna Simon (14) and Kaylee Forster (18), and Anoka's Aston Bell (18) and Emma Collin (5). (Photo by Bob Burley)

Scuffling along the boards were Elk River’s Breanna Simon (14) and Kaylee Forster (18), and Anoka’s Aston Bell (18) and Emma Collin (5). (Photo by Bob Burley)

 

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.

Elk players including Kaylee Forster (18) enter the rink through a throng of girls in the youth hockey program. (Photo by Rick Orndorf)

Elk players including senior defenseman Kaylee Forster (18) enter the rink through a throng of girls in the youth hockey program. (Photo by Rick Orndorf)

 

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.

Members of Elk River's 2004 state championship team were introduced between periods. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Members of Elk River’s 2004 state championship team were introduced between periods. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

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