Hockey: First-place Elk boys top last-place Cardinals 5-0

Kyle Badger of the Elks finds the back of the net. (Photo by Bob Burley)

Kyle Badger (7) of the Elks finds the back of the net. (Photo by Bob Burley)

 

First-place Elk River-Zimmerman scored three times in the first period and cruised 5-0 over last-place Coon Rapids at home Saturday evening.

Jake Jaremko got the first goal, shorthanded, as he lost control of the puck, spun 360 degrees and pounced on it again, and drilled it into an empty net as the goalie had fallen down.

Shane Gauthier of the Elks makes a save in the third period. (Photo by Bob Burley)

Shane Gauthier of the Elks makes a save in the third period. (Photo by Bob Burley)

Chase Springman and Isaac Schwab added to the lead in the first period, and Kyle Badger and Peter Jones scored in the final two periods.

Notching assists were Matt Kierstad (two), Springman, Jaremko, Dylan Bouten, Colton Budreau, Bouten and Joe Gonrowski.

The Elks outshot the Cardinals 37-10. Mac Berglove made seven saves and Chase Gauthier had three.

Jake Jaremko takes advantage of an open net in the first period. (Photo by Bob Burley)

Jake Jaremko takes advantage of an open net in the first period. (Photo by Bob Burley)

The Elks were playing their first game after Andrew Zerban, one of their top three scorers with 12 goals, left the team to join the Fargo Force of the USHL.

The Elks improved to 9-0 in conference and 13-3 overall with eighth consecutive wins. The Cardinals dropped to 0-8 and 2-14.

The Elks will host Benilde-St. Margaret’s on Tuesday.

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