Third-ranked Elk River exploded for four late unanswered goals to defeat host Maple Grove 6-3 Thursday, Dec. 12.
The Elks took a 2-0 first period lead but the Crimson scored three straight goals in the first 4:33 of the second period to grab a 3-2 lead. Sam Ross scored from Evan Augustine and Dane Abernathy at 1:08 and Dane Abernathy (at 3:56 from Josh Passolt) and Passolt (at 4:33 from Sam Valerius) netted consecutive power play goals to put Maple Grove up by one goal.
While the Crimson took advantage of Elk River penalties, they also fell victims to their own penalties because the Elk River tied it 3-3 with a power play goal in the second and added two more power play goals in the third to go up 5-3. Elk River added an even strength goal late to make it 6-3.
The Elks outshot Maple Grove 32-21 in the physical affair that featured 15 penalties. Calvin McKenney took the loss in goal for MG.
Nate Erickson and Drake Thomsen each scored two goals and Sam Huff and Ross once as Maple Grove defeated Champlin Park 6-2 Dec. 14. Brady Goodman made his first career varsity start in goal a winning one as he stopped 30 of 32 shots.
The 4-2 Crimson faced another tough stretch this week when they host Centennial Thursday, Dec. 19, visit Wayzata Saturday, Dec. 21 and visit No. 1 Blaine Thursday, Dec. 26.