Washington, D.C. has recalled goalkeeper Zach Fucale from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Fucale, 26, became the first goalscorer in franchise history to score a goal on his NHL debut when he saved all 21 shots during a game against the Detroit Red Wings on Nov. 11 at Little Caesars Arena. In eight games against the Bears this season, Fucale has hit a 4-2-2 record with an average of 2.80 goals conceded and a 0.889 save rate.
For the 2020-21 season, Laval, Quebec, natives lead the AHL in goals-per-average (1.80) and second in savings rate (0.932), setting a career high in both categories. The 6’2″, 189-pound goalkeeper played the most games (11) he has played at AHL level since the 2017-18 season, hitting a 9-2-0 record. Fucale’s nine wins rank eighth in the AHL, while his two losses have been the fewest among goalkeepers with at least 660 minutes of play. Fucale and Pheonix Copley received the AHL’s Harry “Hap” Holmes Memorial Award, which is awarded to scorers on the team with the fewest goals per game during the regular season.
The capital wraps up a three-game road trip Friday night at Winnipeg Jets (8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Washington in market, ESPN+ out in market).
In response to the move, the Bears recalled goalkeeper Ryan Bednar and defender Jordan Subban from the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays.
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Subban, 26, has collected 12 points (4g, 8a) in 19 games against South Carolina this season. He leads the team’s defenders in goals while ranking second in assists and points among blueline players.
Subban played 232 career AHL games with the Utica Comets, Ontario Reign and Toronto Marlies, scoring 103 points (34g, 69a). He hit 36 points for Utica in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 campaigns. He was selected to the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic for a season in which he finished third in the AHL among defensive players in terms of goals (16) and tee-off goals (10).
Bednard, 24, has gone 5-5-0 in 10 games against the Stingrays this season, averaging 2.44 goals versus and 0.922 percent of saves from a single shot. In his past five games, Bednard has led the Stingrays to three wins with an average goal score of 1.93 and a save rate of 0.940.
The 205-pound, 6’5″ scorer appeared in two games against Syracuse Crunch last season, going 1-1-0 with an average of 2.61 goals and 0.915 saves. In 10 AHL games in his career with Springfield and Syracuse, Bednard recorded a 5-4-0 record with an average of 3.13 goals conceded and a save rate of 0.902.
The Bears return to action on the road Friday versus the Springfield Thunderbirds. Puck drops at 7:05pm from MassMutual Center. The game can be heard on Highmark Bears Radio Network and watched on AHLTV.
By Della Young
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