Posted On: 07/23/20 4:21 AM

With the 2020-21 season still months out, it’s time to take a look at teams from all over the State of Hockey and examine what happened this past season and what’s ahead. The next team we’re breaking down is Orono.

How last season went

Winning a state championship a few short years ago, the Spartans have become well known as a program capable of major success. That was true for Orono during the regular season.

To start the year, the Spartans won eight consecutive games. From there, they continued to cruise. At the end, Orono sported a 21-3-1 record and a 12-1 conference record, good enough for the Wright County Conference crown. Those 21 wins included triumphs over Monticello, Chaska, Hutchinson and Mahtomedi.

Expectations were high for the Spartans entering postseason play as the top seed in Section 2A. All was well and good in the quarterfinals as Orono bested Bloomington Kennedy 5-1. Then, the Spartans saw their possible dream season come crashing down in a 4-0 loss to Armstrong/Cooper in the section semifinals.

Who's back and who's gone

With the regular season Orono had, it's tragic to see its season come to an end prematurely. It's even more

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