Canada hangs on to beat U.S., claims top seed in group

Canada's Connor McDavid celebrates his first goal of the world junior championship against the U.S....

Canada's Connor McDavid celebrates his first goal of the world junior championship against the U.S. in Malmo, Sweden, on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:41 PM ET

MALMO, SWEDEN - His Canadian teammates will tell you Zach Fucale is always talking to himself.

But it was the vocal outburst from many in the crowd of 3,882 at the Malmo Isstadion on New Year’s Eve that hit the right note.

During the third period of Canada’s 3-2 victory against the United States — a wildly entertaining 60 minutes of hockey that ended with Canada on top of Group A at the 2014 world junior championship — the Canadian fans started chanting “Fu-ca-le, Fu-ca-le.”

It happened when the Montreal Canadiens prospect made a terrific save on Connor Carrick’s breakaway attempt, and later, during the anticipation of Fucale being named Canada’s best player of the game, which he deservedly was.

“It gave me a lot of energy,” Fucale said. “It was very special. It lifts you. It was very good for me and the whole team as well. It’s great when you have the confidence of the whole team. I just wanted to play the best game I could and the guys played an amazing game in front of me. We did not give much.”


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