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IceCaps Goaltender Named CCM/AHL Player of the Week

Zachary Fucale named CCM/AHL Player of the Week
ROOKIE NETMINDER RECORDS FIRST PRO SHUTOUT

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St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

SPRINGFIELD, MA — The American Hockey League announced today that St. John’s IceCaps goaltender Zachary Fucale has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Feb. 14, 2016.

Fucale won each of his three starts last week while stopping 107 of 111 shots, good for a 1.32 goals-against average and a .964 save percentage.

St. John’s was outshot by a combined total of 111-60 in Fucale’s three outings but put together its first three-game winning streak of the season thanks to the rookie goaltender’s efforts. Fucale began the week by earning the first shutout of his professional career, a 39-save performance in the IceCaps’ 4-0 win over Syracuse on Tuesday. He came back the next night and made 36 stops as St. John’s defeated the Crunch in overtime, 4-3. And on Saturday night, Fucale shut down the league-leading Toronto Marlies, making 32 saves in a 3-1 victory.

A second-round choice (36th overall) by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Fucale has improved to 13-11-3 with a 3.05 GAA and a .906 save percentage in 30 appearances for St. John’s this season. The 20-year-old rookie from Rosemere, Que., won a Memorial Cup championship with Halifax (QMJHL) in 2013 and a gold medal with Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championships.

In recognition of his achievement, Fucale will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming IceCaps home game.

By Amy

Amy is the Lead Correspondent at The AHL Report, covering the Laval Rocket and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in the AHL, as well as prospects in the CHL and NCAA. She joined Rocket Sports in 2009, marrying her passion for hockey with her journalism background as an Emmy-nominated television reporter/producer. She works full time as a voice actor for commercials, audiobooks, and animation.

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