Fucale quickest in QMJHL history to 100 wins

Mike Sanderson

Fucale backstopped the Mooseheads to a Memorial Cup win last season. (CP / Liam Richards)

Halifax Mooseheads netminder Zachary Fucale snapped a 35-year QMJHL record on Tuesday, earning his 100th QMJHL victory in only 145 games to become the quickest to 100 wins.

The previous record was held by Jacques Cloutier, who set the record in 150 games with the Trois-Rivières Draveurs in 1979. He ended up totalling 142 wins in his four-year QMJHL career, which is the most in league history. Cloutier ended up having a 13-year NHL career with three teams and won two Stanley Cups as a coach with Colorado.

Fucale, 18, was a second-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens – and the first goalkeeper picked – in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The win was his 23rd of the season. Fucale will turn 19 two days after the Memorial Cup final this season.

He is in his third season in the QMJHL, after becoming a full-time starter in the Q at 16 and a Memorial Cup champion at 17. Fucale earned 32 wins in his first season, and 48 wins in his second. His 16-1 record in the playoffs last spring was the most efficient for a starting QMJHL goaltender in the second season since Jonathan Bernier in 2006-07.

Seven goaltenders in QMJHL history have earned 100 wins or more in their junior careers, the latest being Olivier Roy.

The Mooseheads overpowered the Saint John Sea Dogs 5-2 on Tuesday. Fucale made 24 saves.