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Ruggiero limited to one period of action

Updated: January 31, 2005, 12:08 PM ET
Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. -- Angela Ruggiero was ready to play some hockey, and it didn't matter that she had to mix it up with the men.

Ruggiero became the first woman to make more than a token appearance at a position other than goalie in a U.S. men's professional hockey game, playing defense and getting an assist Friday night for the Tulsa Oilers.

"There was definitely a lot of contact, but it was all clean. That's hockey," she said. "It's a rough game."

Seconds after being checked on ...

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