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World Juniors 2015 Canada vs Switzerland recap: Domi & Duclair flash chemistry in dominant Canadian win

Canada coach Benoit Groulx wanted to get Zach Fucale back into the net in Montreal, hoping to catch lightning in a bottle, and it paid off with a 14 save shutout win.

Steve Russell

The Swiss came out of the gates with some strong puck possession, moving and protecting the puck in a more impressive manner than most people would expect, but they couldn't get anything on net. It wasn't until Robbie Fabbri took an offensive zone penalty that Switzerland got a good look.

Switzerland's nice looking play wouldn't last though, as Canada took over the rest of the first period, with Connor McDavid's agility causing complete havoc in the Swiss zone, and Josh Morrissey finding Brayden Point on an odd man rush created Madison Bowey.

Canada finished the first period with a 14-2 shot advantage, but one of those Swiss shots was an excellent chance for Kevin Fiala, which Canadiens prospect Zachary Fucale snatched out of the air with a glove hand that looked more like a rattlesnake bite.

It was a nice thing to see for Canada's bench, as Fucale fumbled two shots into his glove against Russia that resulted in two goals against, and his body language on the play was as if he was saying "That isn't going to happen again". Canada is going to need strong goaltending to win some tight games in this tournament, and they haven't received it in years.

The second period was broken up by a litany of penalties against Canada, which actually led to the Swiss holding the shot advantage early. The Swiss were getting away with some borderline stuff as well, with Noah Rod lining up Anthony Duclair for a hit 20 feet away from the puck. Rod made himself a marked man the rest of the game, and his actions completely backfired on the score clock, as Duclair seemed to take it up another notch after the hit.

When Canada finally got a powerplay of their own, Duclair picked up a loose puck on the boards after McDavid wired a shot off the post, and fended off a Swiss checker as Max Domi came off the bench and took Duclair's pass, wiring one in to make it 2-0 Canada.

13 seconds lated, Duclair found Domi in front of the net for another goal, though Domi said he didn't touch the puck, and Duclair just bounced it in. 40 more seconds passed, and Jake Virtanen pulled a power move that looked like vintage Rick Nash at full speed and roofed the puck past Ludovic Waeber, who had stood up valiantly to Canada's onslaught of shots until the 53 second sequence of three goals.

Canada showed a bit of resilience to battle through all the penalties and stick with their gameplan, not letting things get out of control on them, which has been a serious problem for Canada in the last few years.

Nick Ritchie and the duo of Max Domi and Anthony Duclair extended Canada's lead to 6-0 in the third period, and as Canada began to sit back on the lead a little bit, Fucale showed that he had remained sharp throughout the game in spite of very little action by making a string of strong stops on Fiala.

The game wound down with Fucale notching a 14 save shutout to a chorus of ole's from the Bell Centre faithful, clearly a special moment for the Habs prospect.