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The Washington Capitals have recalled goaltender Zach Fucale from the South Carolina Stingrays.
Fucale, 25, played one game with South Carolina since he was loaned to the Rays on Dec. 10. In his only action, the Laval, Quebec native stopped 35 shots and earned a win in a 5-1 victory over Jacksonville on Dec. 19.
Last season, Fucale posted a record of 10-8-4 with a 2.36 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage in 24 games with the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears and appeared in one game with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch.
Selected by the Montreal Canadians in the second round (36th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Fucale won gold with Team Canada at the 2019 Spengler Cup after going 3-0 with a 0.33 goals-against average and a .986 save percentage. He posted back-to-back shutouts, including one in the gold medal game, and was named the tournament’s all-star goaltender.
In 2018-19, the 6-foot-2, 187-pound goaltender played in five games with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves and posted a 2.51 goals-against average as well as a .909 save percentage. In 69 career AHL games with the St. John’s Icecaps, Laval Rocket, Chicago and Syracuse, Fucale is 28-32-6 with two shutouts, a 3.09 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage.
The Stingrays are in Greenville Saturday to face the Swamp Rabbits at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena at 7:05 p.m. South Carolina returns home on Sunday afternoon to host Greenville at the North Charleston Coliseum at 3:05 p.m.
NHL teams will be allowed to start training camp with 36 skaters and an unlimited number of goalies. Teams will be required to carry at least three on the roster when the season begins.