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Shannon Szabados debuts in SPHL

Updated: March 17, 2014, 10:44 AM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- The goalie for Canada's gold medalist women's Olympic hockey team made her debut in the men's Southern Professional Hockey League.

Shannon Szabados had 27 saves, although her Columbus Cottonmouths lost 4-3 to the Knoxville Ice Bears on Saturday. The 27-year-old goaltender joined the team last week.

This was her first game since the Olympic women's final Feb. 20. She did, however, practice with the NHL's Edmonton Oilers on March 5 when they were short a backup goaltender.

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