Last season Blaine’s inability to score in the Section 5AA opener spelled the end of an otherwise successful 17-win season. The Bengal girls finished second in the competitive Northwest Suburban Conference at 13-5.
Blaine picked up its ninth win of the season in a 3-1 win over rival Coon Rapids Dec. 14.
For the first time in four years, Blaine (9-4) scored first in the annual Teddy Bear toss game, in which the first goal of the game triggers fans of both teams toss stuffed animals onto the ice. The animals are collected by both teams and donated to area hospitals, police, fire and crisis shelters.
When St. Olaf Cross Country coach Chris Daymont asked Jorden Johnson about joining the team last January, neither coach nor runner dreamed about the way the 2012 season turned out for the Oles sophomore.
Anoka came into its Section 5AA semifinal game as the top seed while No. 5 seed Blaine looked inferior on paper, despite splitting the season series, of which were both one-goal games and one went into overtime.