Columbus, GA ( --- Hermantown, Minn. native Ryan Hill was part of hockey history this past Saturday night, playing on the opposing team of the first-ever woman to play in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). Shannon Szabados was the starting goaltender on Saturday for the Columbus Cottonmouths, thus becoming the first-ever woman to play in a game for an SPHL franchise. Szabados, who is fresh off leading Canada to the gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics, made 27 saves but took the loss in a 4-3 decision for the Knoxville Ice Bears. "It was definitely something different, not something you could ignore," Hill said. "She played pretty well. She handled her business. It was a fun night. There were a lot of cameras there and the crowd was a little bigger, so we had fun with it too." Saturday's game was the first for Szabados since the Olympic gold medal final, although she did practice on March 5 with the Edmonton Oilers. Posted by Zach Schneider Bio - Facebook - Twitter - E-Mail