SASKATOON, Sask. — Once it was over, Zachary Fucale could finally act 17 years old, practically running amok about the Credit Union Centre ice as the celebrating Halifax Mooseheads provided vocals and hundreds of their fans pounded on the glass to form the percussion section.
The goalie who is always praised for being the epitome of calm, cool and collected could not stand still. He would stop to talk, then politely excuse himself to keep moving, like the shark without a swim bladder, to pose for another picture. It was like a delayed onset of having to hold it together through the breathless MasterCard Memorial Cup final, where the Mooseheads held off two big surges by the Portland Winterhawks before Nathan MacKinnon's hat-trick empty-netter with 22.4 seconds left sealed the 6-4 win.
"I don't know how I feel, it's a feeling you can't describe," the Rosemère, Que., native, who made 40 saves on Sunday. "It's such an incredible feeling to win that last game. That was our goal all season.
"It felt like the longest game ever but now it seems like it went so fast," Fucale added. "As if the past two years flew by. This feels as if it isn't even real."Read More »from 2013 Memorial Cup: Zachary Fucale, winning goalie at age 17, reaches a new level in young career