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Beauts' Szabados team wins NWHL All-Star game

Amanda Kessel scored the only goal in the shootout to give Team Szabados, led by Buffalo Beauts goalie Shannon Szabados, a 3-2 victory over Team Stecklein in the National Women's Hockey League All-Star game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

The NWHL All-Star was played before a crowd of 6,120 immediately after the NHL game between the St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators.

The All-Stars played two 25-minute halves of 4-on-4 hockey.

Team Szabados took a 2-0 lead in the first half on goals by Audra Richards (Metropolitan Riveters) and Katerina Mrazova (Connecticut Whale). Team Stecklein, led by Minnesota defender Lee Stecklein, tied it with second half goals by Lisa Chesson and Emily Fluke.

Katie Burt (Boston Pride)who took over in goal for Szabados in the second half, stopped all three shots she faced from Team Stecklein in the Shootout after making some spectacular stops in regular play. Kessel (Metropolitan Riveters) scored on the first round of the shootout.

On Saturday, a sellout crowd at Ford Ice Center saw the NWHL Skills Challenge won by Team Szabados, 4-3, over Team Stecklein.

Kendall Coyne Schofield of the Minnesota Whitecaps won the Fastest Skater Competition over teammate Allie Thunstrom in 13.9 seconds.

Blake Bolden of the Beauts won the Hardest Shot competition at 80 mph. Team Szabados won the Trick Shot event decided by fans in the arena.

Beauts goaltender, Nicole Hensley, competing against her teammate Szabados, won the Fastest Goalie competition. Dani Cameranesi of the Beauts was the victor in the Accuracy Shooting contest, finishing in just over 12 seconds.

"It was electric out there," said Cameranesi. "It was so cool seeing it sold out and seeing all the fans and getting a little interaction to vote on who had the best shootout moves. I personally think Team Stecklein did, but it was a lot of fun and it was really loud out there."

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