Two local hockey players took home the gold at the Bay State Games this past weekend, helping lead the Northeast Team to the tournament championship while potentially making a nice impression on the college scouts who flock to the annual showcase.
Meghan Hubbard, a defenseman from Newburyport, and Katie Terban, a winger from Georgetown, each competed for the talented Northeast team, which went 2-0-1 in its three group games before beating a loaded Central/West team in a rematch of last year’s final.
During the round robin stage, Northeast beat Metro 1-0, Southeast/Coastal 3-0 and then tied Central/West 1-1 in the third. Given that Central/West also won its other two games in the round-robin, the two teams wound up facing off again in the final, only this time the Northeast team came out on top, winning 2-1 to claim the gold.
“We played the same team in the finals and we lost,” Terban said. “So beating them in the finals this year was good to get back at them.”
For Hubbard and Terban, the Bay State Games was something of a reunion. The two grew up playing hockey together, first with the boys in the Newburyport Youth Hockey leagues, then for the Seacoast Lightning and finally as freshman on the Masconomet Girls Hockey Co-op team, but haven’t shared the ice since Terban transferred to St. Mary’s of Lynn for her sophomore season.
“I hadn’t seen her in a while so it was good to skate with her again,” Terban said.
Hubbard said trying out for the Northeast Team was somewhat nerve-wracking at first. Many of the girls who had played for the team in the past play for rival high schools like Winthrop and Medford, and going in she thought they would all shun her as “the girl from Masco.”