The Blake offense was dominant. A 9-0 win, a 45-4 shots-on-goal advantage and not a shred of nervousness at the Minnesota Wild’s Xcel Energy Center.

But throughout Wednesday evening’s victory over New Ulm in the Class A state girls hockey tournament, the top-seeded Bears made sure they always knew where Korinne O’Connor was.

“We were watching No. 2 (O’Connor) for sure,” Blake senior Margaret Chute said.

The game featured two of the top five finalists for the Ms. Hockey Award — Blake’s Chute and Sally Komarek — as well as the state’s leading point scorer, O’Connor.

The Ivy League-bound Chute and Komarek — they will play at Harvard and Dartmouth, respectively, starting next fall — had the advantage, as the Bears shut down O’Connor and her own high-scoring linemates.

“Anytime you have the leading scorer in the state, regardless of who you play, you have the ability to put the puck away,” Blake coach Brano Stankovsky said. “I’m thrilled that our defensemen took that challenge.

“Our goal was to stop No. 2. She was very close to being free a couple of times.”

Every time O’Connor touched the puck, it seemed, two or three Bears players converged on her and impeded her progress to the net.

“It’s like that with everybody,” said O’Connor, who entered the tournament with 110 points. “You gotta get your feet moving. They’re a really good team, but you gotta try to work around that.”

Blake, meanwhile, got goals from seven different players, including two apiece from Abby Lund and Hillary Crowe. Lund’s goals came 22 seconds apart early in the second period to double a 2-0 lead to 4-0.

“I’ve seen my fair share of shots,” said New Ulm goalie Shalyn Salonek, who made 36 saves, “but none of that caliber.

“It’s only my second year playing goalie. It’s pretty intense when pucks are flying at you.”

Blake led 2-0 after one period on goals by Chute and Addie Adams.

New Ulm had its best scoring chance of the game between the goals. O’Connor floated a pass to linemate Kaylen Berle near the goal mouth. But Berle was hauled down in front of goalie Chloe Billadeau. The Eagles were unable to muster a single shot on their ensuing power play.

“We were all pretty nervous playing Blake,” O’Connor said. “We hoped to do OK, and we did all right. We’re not too disappointed. They’re a good team.”

Blake, which was ranked second in the season’s final state poll, began to pull away early in the second period.

Thanks to a brilliant save by goalie Shalyn Salonek, New Ulm killed off an early penalty. But a short time after, Lund scored her two quick goals for the 4-0 lead.

Gina Abrego’s slap shot from the right circle made it 5-0 at 5:57, and Hillary Crowe scored with 1:12 remaining. The Bears scored three more goals in the third period.

The Eagles are in the state tournament for the first time, and New Ulm coach Angie Zeig said playing Blake was a good learning experience.

“We haven’t seen a lot of teams who were able to put that much pressure on us over that length of time,” she said. “For us, it’s about learning to play against a high-quality team like that.”

New Ulm (19-5-2) goes to the consolation bracket and will play either Mahtomedi or Eveleth-Gilbert at noon today at the University of Minnesota’s Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.

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