Fucale to start in goal against Finland
Team Canada goaltender Zachary Fucale during the warm-up before the game between team Canada and team Slovakia during the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship on Dec. 26, 2014 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC. (JOHANY JUTRAS/QMI Agency)
Zach Fucale and Eric Comrie were eating breakfast and watching the Spengler Cup when coach Benoit Groulx approached the pair and gave Canada’s goaltenders the news many had expected.
Fucale will start in goal against Finland on Monday when Canada plays its third game of the 2015 world junior.
“Both have played really well, so it’s just a question of coming back with a solid goalie tomorrow, and we think Zach is the guy,” Groulx said on Sunday.
“It was a very brief conversation. I just told Zach that he was in. The way we have been playing, both of them want to have the net, but they know how it is. Eric is a pro and there is no issue there.”
Fucale, who became Canada’s starter at the 2014 world junior, posted a 12-save shutout against Slovakia in an 8-0 Canada win on Friday; 24 hours later, Comrie stopped 17 shots in Canada’s 4-0 win against Germany.
A year ago, Finland beat Canada 5-1 in the semifinal before knocking off Sweden in the championship game. That loss resonates with Fucale, a Montreal Canadiens prospect.
“I would not say it is fresh in my mind, but I remember what happened,” Fucale said. “I learned from it. It certainly is going to serve as a motivator for tomorrow’s game.
“I learned a lot (in the tournament overall). The competitive level is really high and you have to make sure you play as a team and you stick together all the time, no matter what happens. We have that this year.”