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World Juniors: Zach Fucale to start in goal for Canada vs. Slovakia

Canada has given goalie Zach Fucale the nod in net for the second consecutive time in the knockout round at the World Juniors.

2nd consecutive start for Fucale

Canada's goaltender Zach Fucale started against Slovakia in the preliminary round, shutting them out in an 8-0 victory. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)

Zach Fucale will start in goal for Canada in the world junior semifinals against Slovakia.

Fucale made 14 saves to shut out Denmark in the quarter-finals but was barely tested.

In three starts this tournament, the 19-year-old Fucale has allowed just one goal and his save percentage is .982.

If Canada beats Slovakia, the gold-medal game is Monday.

It's uncertain if the back-to-back has anything to do with coach Benoit Groulx's decision.

Eric Comrie has started Canada's other two games, allowing a total of three goals against Germany and the United States.

Comrie's save percentage in the tournament is .933.

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