Zach Fucale got the start in goal for Team Canada as they faced Sweden on Friday. Sweden had been the most impressive team in the early going of the World Junior Evaluation Camp, winning their opening three games.
Fucale stopped all 16 shots thrown his way by Sweden in the first period alone. His strong play would allow Canada to storm out to a 4-0 lead, before Sweden mounted a comeback in the second period. A goal by Canadiens second round pick Jacob De La Rose narrowed Canada’s lead to 4-3 heading into the third period.
Fucale would shut down the strong attack of Sweden byt running aside all 10 shots he faced in the third period, and Canada would score three insurance markers to take the game 7-3. Fucale would stop 38 of the 41 shots he faced in the contest.
Fellow Canadiens prospect Charles Hudon was held off the scoresheet for Canada, and Sebastien Collberg sat out the game with an apparent knee injury. Reports suggest the injury is nothing serious, but this being an exhibition tournament, and Collberg a certainty to make Team Sweden in December, he was held out for precaution.
Other Canadiens prospects in action yesterday at the World Junior Evaluation Camp were Michael McCarron and Artturi Lehkonen going head to head as USA faced Finland.
The United States came away with a 4-3 victory via the shootout, and though big Mike McCarron was held scoreless, Lehkonen scored his fifth goal in just four games, and now leads the tournament in goals, and is tied with linemate Teuvo Teravainen for the lead in points with 6.
Action wraps up today with USA taking on Canada and Sweden facing Finland. Hudon, Fuclae, Collberg and McCarron will all sit out today, so the only Canadiens prospects taking the ice will be De La Rose and Lehkonen.