Fucale to start for Canada in world junior semis
Canadian goalie Zach Fucale readies himself in net for shooting drills. (Jack Boland/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)
Knowledge won out on Saturday.
Zach Fucale will start in goal on Sunday for Canada in a semifinal match against Slovakia at the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championship.
Why Fucale, when coach Benoit Groulx has just as much confidence in Eric Comrie?
“Zach has the experience from last year,” Groulx said. “We like both our goalies. It’s just a matter of picking a very good one.”
It’s the first time Groulx has started the same goalie in consecutive games in the tournament. Last year in Malmo, Sweden, Fucale became the starter and Canada finished fourth.
While Canada could come back with Comrie in what it hopes will be an appearance in the gold-medal game on Monday, one NHL amateur scouting director didn’t see it that way.
“You go with Fucale again (in back-to-back nights) because he’s not going to get much work against Slovakia,” the scouting director said.
Fucale, who leads the tournament with a .982 save percentage, was hoping for a similar atmosphere in the Air Canada Centre to that on Friday night during an 8-0 win over Denmark. The Montreal Canadiens prospect had to make just 14 saves in that quarterfinal victory and naturally took a peek when the majority of those in the crowd of 18,448 started doing the wave.
“You notice for a second but then you notice the puck is on the ice and you have to play,” Fucale said. “It is certainly fun to have that energy in the building. We feel that even though we are not stopping and looking all over the place. Lots of fun to be a part of."