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World Junior Hockey Championship - Finals

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

Three Canadiens prospects hit the ice during the final day of WJC2015 action on Monday, each vying for medals at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Here’s a look at their respective performances:


Slovakia 4 - Sweden 2

Canadiens prospects involved:
Sweden: Jacob de la Rose, LW (Selected in the 2nd round, 34th overall in 2013)
Slovakia: Martin Reway, C (Selected in the 4th round, 116th overall in 2013)

The surprising Slovaks faced Sweden during Monday afternoon’s bronze medal game in Toronto, getting off to a quick start with two goals in the first four minutes of play. Sweden replied quickly however, eventually ending the first period tied 2-2. Slovakia’s Pavol Skalicky scored the game-winner early in the third, with an assist from Canadiens prospect Martin Reway. Netminder Denis Godla, meanwhile, was once again superb in goal, making 26 saves to earn player of the game honors. The win secured Slovakia’s second bronze medal finish in tournament history after also finishing third in 1999.

Canadiens prospects Reway and Swedish forward Jacob De La Rose were named team MVPs following the game. Reway finished his tournament with three assists against Sweden while De La Rose registered a shot on goal while also going 63.6% in the face-off circle.

Canada 5 – Russia 4

Canadiens prospects involved:
Canada: Zachary Fucale, G (Selected in the 2nd round, 36th overall in 2013)

Canadians across the country held their breath during a tense finish, but Zachary Fucale and Team Canada came out on top to defeat Russia 5-4 during Monday night’s gold medal game.

Getting on the board just 23 seconds into the contest, Canada looked to be in control with a four-goal lead in the second frame before Russia stormed back to make it 5-4 after 40 minutes of play.

That’s as close as the Russians would get however, as Fucale made 26 saves to secure Canada’s first WJC gold medal since 2009, ending his tournament -- and Junior career -- with a 0.939 save percentage.

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