The NWHL All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville was attended by 6,120 fans — a record crowd for a professional women’s hockey game in the United States. The game featured 11 women who competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics and was played in the NHL rink following the Predators’ 5-4 overtime loss to the Blues, with fans allowed to stick around afterward. In the contest, goalie Katie Burt stopped Gigi Marvin in the shootout for a 3-2 win for Team (Shannon) Szabados over Team (Lee) Stecklein. Still, there is a vision of one combined pro league, as opposed to the current reality of splitting the best women in the world between two competing North American leagues: The US-based National Women’s Hockey League and the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. The US team will play Canada’s best starting Tuesday in a three-game ‘‘Rivalry Series’’ starting in London, Ontario, and ending in a week in Detroit. ‘‘We have so much talent, I think it’d be really fun if we got to play each other all the time,’’ Stecklein said. Dani Rylan founded the NWHL in 2015 after splitting off from the CWHL, which is in its 12th season, and has six teams with four in Canada, one in the United States and another in China.
Slumping Ducks fire Carlyle
The Anaheim Ducks, in the midst of a seven-game losing streak and a free fall into last place in the Western Conference, fired coach Randy Carlyle. The Ducks are the sixth team to make a change this season, joining Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis, Edmonton, and Philadelphia. They have made the playoffs six straight seasons but have won just two of their last 21 games. Carlyle, the winningest coach in Ducks history, led the team to the Stanley Cup in 2007 and three appearances in the Western Conference final. General manager Bob Murray saidhe would act as interim coach for the remainder of the season.
Duke probes sex-assault accusation
Duke University is investigating a sexual assault allegation made Friday against a former men’s basketball player. The player’s identity wasn’t released. The accusation was made in a statement by the lawyers of Meredith Watson, who is also alleging that Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax sexually assaulted her on the Durham, N.C., campus when they were students in 2000. Fairfax has denied the allegation. “Ms. Watson was raped by a basketball player during her sophomore year at Duke,” the statement said. "She went to the dean, who provided no help and discouraged her from pursuing the claim further. Ms. Watson also told friends, including Justin Fairfax.” The university said in a statement it was looking into the matter.