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Shannon Szabados notches historic shutout in men’s league

Shannon Szabados

COLUMBUS, GA - MARCH 13: Shannon Szabados #40 of the Columbus Cottonmouths encourages her teammates prior to the second period the second period at Columbus Civic Center on March 13, 2014 in Columbus, Georgia. The Pensacola Ice Flyers defeated the Columbus Cottonmouths 5-0. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

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Canadian Olympic champion goaltender Shannon Szabados notched her first shutout as a member of the Columbus Cottonmouths on Saturday, reportedly the first shutout by a female goaltender in a men’s pro league.

Szabados, who fended off the U.S. in the last two Olympic finals, recorded 33 saves in a 3-0 win, her 29th game in net since 2014, according to

Szabados ranks 10th out of 11 league goalies in goals-against average (3.58) and save percentage (.909) this season, counting only goalies who have at least 10 games played.

Szabados had a 3.12 goals-against a .907 save percentage last season, according to

Other women’s goalies to play in men’s pro leagues include American Erin Whitten in the mid-1990s, Canadian 1998 Olympic silver medalist Manon Rheaume and, currently, Finnish Olympic bronze medalist Noora Raty in her domestic minor leagues.

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