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Zachary Fucale did not have the start he was hoping for at the World Junior Championships as he was named the backup to Jake Patterson.
After Patterson faltered in Canada's round-robin loss to the Czech Republic, however, Fucale got his shot at the starting job and held on to it for the remainder of the tournament.
Fucale ended up playing in four games and posted a 2.42 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage. He was on the losing end of Canada's final two games to finish with a 2-2 record.
Team Canada's losses were certainly not the fault of Fucale. He played well all tournament but did not receive much help from his teammates.
He played brilliantly in their round-robin game against the USA, making save after save until Canada finally found their legs and took over the game in the second period.
He also played well in their semi-final game against Finland, a game in which Canada was dominated from start to finish. He kept Canada in it until late with saves like this (1:40 mark), which was arguably the best of the entire tournament.
Fucale proved once again he was capable of playing well on the big stage, an important quality for a Montreal Canadiens goaltender to have. That's a ways off, however.
For now, he'll focus on a playoff run with the Halifax Mooseheads and another chance at gold with Canada in 2015. His stock is on the rise.