The Minnesota Army National Guard selects our Two Stars of the Game:
1 goal, 1 assist
Elk River-Zimmerman's Katie Erickson knew Eagan was picking on her. Throughout the second period, Eagan coach Scott Darwitz told his players to dump the puck on Erickson's side in an effort to wear out the Elks' star defender. It worked.
"By the third period my legs were numb," she said.
Then Erickson hit back, ripping one of her famed slapshots into the back of the net on the power play at 3:03 of the third period. It was her second goal of the night and keyed the Elks' upset of the No. 4 seed.
"Anytime she has the puck, we know there is a chance of it going in," Elks coach Joe Heasley said.
Erickson's second goal did not hold up as the winner, but it shifted momentum. Cassi Schreckenghaust put the Elks (16-11-2) up 4-2 with a goal at 13:17 of the third.
Though outshot 38-14, Elk River-Zimmerman cashed in on its chances. Jonna Curtis' goal, which tied the score 2-2 only 31 seconds into the third, came on the Elks' seventh shot against Eagan (23-6).
DAVID LA VAQUE