Canada entered the 2014 World Junior Championship with a bit of a cloud hanging over the goaltending position. Recent WJC's have produced a mixed bag of goaltending performances for that country, a failing that has been pointed to as a main reason for Canada's relative lack of recent success at a tournament that they have dominated more often than not over the years.
This year's goaltending tandem of Jake Paterson and Zach Fucale hope to change the perception that Team Canada is suffering from a shortage of top-notch goaltending talent. And, for his part, Paterson has gotten off on the right foot at this year's tournament, posting a win as Canada cruised to a 7-2 Boxing Day win over Germany.
Paterson, who plays for the OHL's Saginaw Spirit and is a Detroit Red Wings prospect, weathered a shaky start that saw the Germans take a 2-1 lead in the first period. But he was able to shut the door on Germany the rest of the way en route to stopping 22 of 24 shots on goal.
Paterson talked about the opening win following the game, with some of his comments captured in this Hockey's Future video.
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