SUBWAY Super Series: Fucale shines in QMJHL 3-1 win over Russia
Zachary Fucale made 40 saves, including 22 in the third period, to help the QMJHL beat Team Russia 3-1 in the fifth game of the Subway Super Series at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre in Bathurst, N.B. Tuesday night.
“It feels really good,” said the Halifax Mooseheads goaltender. “I think the guys did a great job of blocking shots out there tonight and eliminating chances as much as we could and I think it was a great team performance.”
Daniel Audette, representing the QMJHL from the Sherbrooke Phoenix, described Fucale’s performance as ‘awesome’.
“He’s always a goalie that comes out on big occasions and just showed it again tonight.”
Audette finished the game with a goal and an assist.
Leading 3-1, the QMJHL was outshot 22-1 in the third period and had to kill of four minor penalties.
Fucale said they took too many penalties and will have to adjust for the QMJHL’s next game.
“I really think the young guys stepped up, not just the young guys, but everyone stepped up.”
The CHL now trails the Super Series 8-7 in points.
Audette said the QMJHL had a great start but took too many penalties.
“We’re going to have to take care of that.”
Fucale said the Russian team is very, very good this year.
“Every time they come over it’s always a very competitive game and there’s no surprise there. We knew that they’re very skilled, very strong team being very big. It was a good battle, lots of fun and I think Thursday is going to be another great game.”
The QMJHL opened the scoring at the 6:43 mark with a power play marker from Francis Perron on the team’s second shot on goal. Audette and Alexandre Carrier drew assists.
The lead was increased to 2-0 with Audette scoring on the QMJHL’s fourth shot of the game at 11:53 going glove side over Russian goalie Igor Shestyorkin. Laurent Dauphin and Anthony DeLuca drew assists.
“Big play by Dauphin and DeLuca to get the puck out of the zone,” said Audette on his goal. “Came in one-on-one with the defence and tried to put it on net and it went in. I was happy.”
Russia held a 11-9 shot advantage.
In the second period, QMJHL took a 3-0 lead at 5:33 with a goal from Anthony Richard. DeLuca and Joey Ratelle drew assists.
Russia made it a two-goal game at 14:08 with a one-timer from Dmitry Yudin. Vycheslav Leschenko and Ivan Fishchenko drew assists. Shots were 8-8.
Fucale was named player of the game for QMJHL after making 40 saves, with over half of them coming in the third period. Shestyorkin took the loss for Russia making 15 saves.
The final game of the Subway Super Series goes Thursday night in Rimouski, Que.