2014 WJC Video: Zach Fucale, Canada

By Chapin Landvogt

Zach Fucale - Team Canada

Photo: Team Canada goaltender Zach Fucale gets caught in a sandwich between an unidentified Canada player and Russian forward Vyacheslav Osnovin during the bronze medal game at the 2014 WJC (courtesy of LUDVIG THUNMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

After Canada's loss to the Czech Republic in the preliminary round of the 2014 World Junior Championship, head coach Brent Sutter elected to start U20 WJC first-timer Zach Fucale in place of Jake Paterson. The move seemed to make a difference for the Canadians as they won out in the preliminary round to take the top seeding in Group A.

But after winning their quarterfinal game against Switzerland, 4-1, the wheels on the Canadian bus came off as they dropped a 5-1 decision to Finland to end their hopes of gold, then lost in the bronze medal game to Russia to once again head home without a medal.

It looked as though Fucale might turn out to be the star goaltender that Canada seemed to lack in their more recent WJC outings, but even the talented Montreal Canadiens prospect and Halifax Mooseheads' netminder didn't have all the answers as Canada couldn't win their final two games of the tournament.

Fucale spoke with the media following the loss to Russia, with some of his comments being captured in this Hockey's Future video.

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