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2015 Girls' State Tournament

Blake beats Hutchinson 9-0

Lund, Bullock lead Bears over Tigers

(MHM Photo / Tim Kolehmainen)

Lund, Bullock lead Bears over Tigers

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The Blake Bears took a 1-0 lead 1:05 into the game against Hutchinson Wednesday, and the goals just kept coming.

Nine, to be exact.

The two-time defending champion and No. 2-seeded Bears beat Hutchinson 9-0 in the Class 1A quarterfinal of the girls’ state hockey tournament at the Xcel Energy Center.

Besides the one-sided goal total, Blake also outshot Hutchinson 42-3. Hutchinson’s three shots all came in the first period.

“We knew it was going to be a tough one,” Hutchinson Head Coach Mitch Fabel said. “They forced us so wide and closed in on us so fast.”

Blake’s freshman goalie Anna Kruesel earned the shutout and with the three saves set a tournament record for fewest stops in a game. She also tied the record for fewest stops in a period (0).

Blake's Carly Bullock (MHM Photo / Tim Kolehmainen)

Blake’s Carly Bullock (MHM Photo / Tim Kolehmainen)

Already up 6-0 late in the second, Blake went on a 5-minute power play after a major boarding penalty for Hutchinson. Eleven seconds later, eighth-grader Grace Vojta scored from the point. Then with 28.3 seconds left in the period, eighth-grader Madeline Wethington scored to put the Bears up 8-0.

“The score today I didn’t anticipate by any means,” said Blake Head Coach Shawn Reid. He also said his girls came ready to play.

“We just have to make sure that we’re playing the game we want to play.”

Senior Karlie Lund had a hat trick and added an assist. Junior Carly Bullock scored two, bringing her season total to 48 goals. She also had three assists. Sophomore Lucy Burton bookended the scoring with the first and last goals of the game.  Freshman Sarah Chute had three assists.

No strangers to the state tournament, Lund said afterward that this team in particular has a lot of good chemistry, which makes it “a lot easier to play out there on the ice,” she said.

Blake is searching for its sixth overall state title.

Heather's love for watching hockey started when the Minnesota Wild came to town in 2000. Before that, she caught a few Minnesota Moose games as a youngster, and more recently she's kept up with the Austin Bruins and Fargo Force. She's a writer, freelance journalist and blogger who previously worked as a news reporter in Austin and Fergus Falls, Minn. She enjoys watching sports and closely follows the Wild, Minnesota Twins, IndyCar Series, tennis and prep sports. Heather keeps up her sports blog Thoughts from the Stands. You can follow her on Twitter @hlrule.

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