Shannon Szabados registers 1st shutout in men's pro hockey

Edmonton-native Shannon Szabados led the Columbus Cottonmouths to a 3-0 win Saturday night, registering the first shutout for a female goalie in a men's professional hockey game.

Edmonton-native made 33 saves

Goaltender Shannon Szabados made 33 saves for the Columbus Cottonmouths Saturday evening, making her the 1st female goaltender to register a shutout in a men's professional hockey match. (Petr David Josek/The Associated Press)

Shannon Szabados made history Saturday night in leading the Columbus Cottonmouths to a 3-0 win over the Huntsville Havoc in Alabama, marking the first time a female goaltender has registered a shutout in a men's professional hockey match.

The 29-year-old made 33 saves during the game, moving the team to 8-9-4 this season.

The two-time Olympian is playing in her second full season with the Southern Professional Hockey League team, taking over starting duties in the fall of 2014 after a two-game stint to finish the 2013-14 season.

Szabados holds a 18-16-4 record with a 3.29 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage in her time with the Columbus, Ga., team.

Szabados played goaltender for the Canadian Women's Olympic team in 2010 and 2014 where she won gold in Vancouver and Sochi, Russia, respectively. She has been a high-profile Canadian player for years, leading the Canadian women's team at many levels to international success and playing in various men's leagues growing up, including alongside future NHL stars while playing in the Western Hockey League and Alberta Junior Hockey League.

The SPHL is a nine-team professional league based in the southeastern United States.

The team's next game is Sunday at 4 p.m. ET against the Pensacola Ice Flyers.


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