Hockey: Elk girls coast 6-1 over Spuds

Emily Gruhlke notched two goals and two assists and Jonna Curtis had the had trick as the Elk girls beat Moorhead 6-1.

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Emily Gruhlke (10) watched the puck  sail over a cluster of players and into the net for her second goal, giving the Elks an early 2-0 lead. (Photo by Bob Burley)

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Jonna Curtis (6) flipped the puck past Betsy Miller for her third goal. (Photo by Bob Burley)

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Emily Gruhlke gave Elk River a quick 2-0 lead and Jonna Curtis finished the job with a pure hat trick as the Elks thumped the Moorhead Spuds 6-1 at home Friday evening.

Katie Erickson had the other goal as the Elks outshot the Spuds 33-23 and improved to 2-2. Curtis, freshman forward, has six goals in the young season and Erickson, junior defenseman, has four.
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Gruhlke, junior forward who played for Rogers-Zimmerman until this year, notched her first two goals as an Elk plus two assists.

Her goals came 13 seconds apart, at 14:42 and 14:29, on scrambles at the net, with Cassi Schreckenghaust and Curtis assisting on each.

Moorhead's Stephanie Johnson got one past Samantha Geissler on a power play with 9:42 left in the period.

The Elks went on the power play shortly after and Erickson's powered a slapshot  past goalie Betsy Miller for a 3-1 lead, assisted by Gruhlke, at 10:58.

Curtis nailed the last three goals, all delivered skating full-speed. The first two came from out front about 20-25 feet away, at 15:15 of the second period (assist to  Marin Olson) and the next at 15:42 of the third on a power play (assists to Gruhlke and Hillary Hartwig).

Curtis capped her late onslaught with an almost coast-to-coast individual effort, as she carried the puck over the center line from the right, swerved left and right, then darted past the net and backhanded for the goal, unassisted, at 13:55.

The Elks, 0-2 in conference and 2-0 in non-conference, have another non-conference game Saturday at Holy Angels in Richfield at 2 p.m.

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