Fucale Named First Star of the Week
Halifax Mooseheads 16 year-old goaltender Zachary Fucale has been named the QMJHL first star after a very busy week during which he made 143 saves in four games, an average of 34 shots per game for a saves percentage of .958. Wednesday, the netminder was named the second star of the game after blocking 35 shots against the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. Friday, in a 4-1 win versus the Chicoutimi Saguenéens, he was named the first star of the game after having turned aside 32 pucks. The next day, his team suffered a loss at the hands of the surging Shawinigan Cataractes, but Fucale only allowed 3 goals on 41 shots whilst his teammates were limited to 17 shots on goal. Finally, on Sunday, in a 2-1 shootout win over the Victoriaville Tigres, he registered 32 saves against one of the most dangerous offensive units in the Q and was named the game’s first star.
Fucale has really exemplified the Halifax Mooseheads team this season. Expected to an improved team this year, the Mooseheads have surpassed the expectations of many. Since taking over the starting job from injured Anthony Terenzio, Fucale has had a heavy workload. Many might have expected such a heavy load to be too much for a rookie goaltender, but earning first star honours during a long road trip late in the year is proving that to be false. It will be interesting to see if Fucale will get any break leading into the playoffs or whether coach Ducharme will ride him till the end.
Saint John Sea Dogs left-winger Jonathan Huberdeau is the second star. He was the hero in both of his team’s games, collecting the game-winner.Moreover, Huberdeau was a constant threat as 9 of his 10 shots on goal were qualified as scoring opportunities. Saturday, in a 5-0 win against the PEI Rocket, he recorded a hat-trick and added an assist while registering a +3 rating. He was also named the first star. The next day, in a 7-2 victory against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, he scored a goal and added an assist.
The third star is property of Jonathan Brunelle, the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles centre. Thursday, against the Gatineau Olympiques, he collectedtwo assists. Saturday, he scored a goal and added two helpers against the Val-d’Or Foreurs, earning second star honours. Sunday, in a battle with theRouyn-Noranda Huskies, he scored two goals and added an assist. He finished the week with a total of 8 points.