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Canada goes back to Fucale to start world junior gold medal game versus Russia

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TORONTO - Zach Fucale will start in goal when Canada faces Russia on Monday night in the gold medal game at the world junior championship.

Canadian head coach Benoit Groulx had rotated Fucale with Eric Comrie in the preliminary round but has gone with Fucale in the knockout round.

"It's his moment," Groulx said. "He's ready."

Although he wasn't tested much, Fucale beat Denmark and Slovakia to help Canada reach the final.

Fucale, who took over for Jake Patterson at this tournament last year, has been spectacular as a 19-year-old.

The Rosemere, Que., native is a perfect 4-0-0 with a 0.50 goals-against average and .971 save percentage.

Groulx also confirmed Nic Petan would remain on the second line with Connor McDavid and Curtis Lazar.

Petan, the tournament scoring leader with 11 points (four goals, seven assists), had three goals in Canada's 5-1 semifinal win over Slovakia on Sunday.

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