They were the talk of the town, even the the region.
When the Haverhill-Pentucket-North Andover girls ice hockey team wrapped up its historic regular season, the team was unbeaten with a record of 18 wins, no losses and 2 ties.
The team was the top seed in the MIAA Division 2 playoffs, and was scheduled to play No. 32 seed Hingham.
That's when it all abruptly ended.
The Haverhill-Pentucket-North Andover team lost 5-4 to Hingham Feb. 26 in overtime in the first round of the MIAA Division 2 playoffs, held at Haverhill's Veterans Memorial Skating Arena. It was a heart-breaker.
HPNA head coach Gary Kane said it was a very good game, but that it was "one of those losses that you can chalk up to fierce competition."
Before the playoff loss, HPNA defeated Andover 4-2 on Feb. 19. The team had previously pulled out a thrilling 3-2 victory over defending state champions Methuen-Tewksbury on Feb. 12 to take the MVC-DCL League Championship.