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Coach Brent Sutter has confirmed that Zach Fucale will replace Jake Paterson as the starting goalie when Canada faces Slovakia on Monday with second place in their preliminary round group standings at stake.
Reinhart's return will give Canada seven defencemen. They nearly had to play the Czechs with only five, but Matt Dumba played through a nasty virus. It started during Canada's win over Germany, and he missed practice the next day with a fever, a bad cough and a sore throat.
"I have to go 100 per cent every shift," said the five foot 10 Hudon, who was on right wing while Mantha moved to the left. "It doesn't matter if I'm on the same line or the 13th Nike Air Presto Wikipedia
Fucale watched from the bench as Canada opened with a 7 2 win over Germany before dropping a 5 4 decision to the Czech Republic in a shootout. The 18 year old comes with big game experience, having backstopped the Halifax Mooseheads to a title at the Nike Air Presto Se On Feet MasterCard Memorial Cup last spring.
McDavid said he's been benched before and knows he has to be better next game.
Defenceman Griffin Reinhart will serve the last game of a four game suspension for slashing an American player in last year's world junior tournament. He will return for Canada's last group stage game Tuesday against the Americans.
"We'll see how he plays and we'll determine that after the game," said Sutter. "I'm taking it game to game. I haven't said who's going to be our number one. We have a plan in place and we'll see how it unfolds."
The six foot four rearguard is one of three returning players, along with Drouin and Anderson, from the Canadian team that finished just out of the medals at the 2013 tourney in Ufa, Russia.
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The 16 year old McDavid was benched in the third period after taking his second minor penalty, both of which led to Czech goals. But Sutter put him in for Canada's last attempt in the shootout, only to see the puck slide off the gifted forward's stick before he could shoot.
He said the hardest part of being sidelined was "watching our team lose."
in the third period that forced overtime against the Czechs and earned Canada an important point in the standings.
"I played, so it's all good," said Dumba, a blue liner with the Minnesota Wild. "Once I got out of bed, I just prepared for game day. I didn't think about it, I just battled it.
And Fucale may have a chance to earn additional starts with a strong game against Slovakia.
"The work ethic is what we have to keep working on," said Reinhart. "It's not like the '05 team in the lockout year we've go to work to win our games."
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Drouin and Mantha share the team scoring lead with five points apiece.
"You (reporters) make a bigger deal of it than it is," said Sutter. "He played 13 minutes. He didn't have the game he probably would like to have, but he's a very important part of this team."
Hudon lined up with Drouin and Mantha for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League side in the recent Subway Series against Russia, so no adjustment is needed.
Fucale played one pre tournament exhibition game against Finland and is anxious to make his first start in a game that counts.
"He's a very confident guy," Sutter said. "He's a goalie that has great ability. He's won a Memorial Cup at a young age. He's one of two very good goalies here and he's going to get an opportunity."
Forward Charles Hudon, who like Fucale is a Montreal Canadiens prospect, was also in a buoyant mood at practice Sunday. He looks to have earned a regular spot on a line with Jonathan Drouin and Anthony Mantha after sharing the position with 13th forward Taylor Leier.
"I thought he was really good," Sutter said. "He created a lot of stuff for us and he got a huge goal at a critical time. He's had a great attitude. He's stayed positive."
Leier skated as the extra man on the unit with Bo Horvat, Sam Reinhart and Connor McDavid.
"It hasn't been difficult at all," he said about waiting for his chance. "I just wanted to be supportive and stay ready all the time. I'll just get in the net and play the best I can. That's all I can really do."
His package of size, skill and experience should help a squad whose confidence may have taken a hit with the loss to the Czechs, a team that was beaten 5 1 by the Americans.
"It's the world stage," he said. "Everyone's looking at me as the 16 year old and I know some people are saying after (Saturday) night that I'm too young for this, so I just want to come back and help the team have a good performance."
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