The Chicago Wolves announced Sunday that goaltender Max Lagace has been recalled under emergency conditions by the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights while Zach Fucale has been reassigned to the Wolves from Fort Wayne (ECHL).
The 26-year-old Lagace has been one of the hottest goaltenders in professional hockey over the last month. In his last seven starts, the Longueuil, Quebec, native has produced a 6-0-1 record with an 0.98 goals-against average and a .963 save percentage.
For the season, Lagace owns a 16-7-4 record with a 2.30 GAA and .915 save percentage. He ranks fourth in the American Hockey League in goals-against average.
This marks Lagace’s third recall by Vegas this season. He has spent approximately three weeks with the Golden Knights and appeared in one game — stopping 27 of 31 shots in a 5-2 loss on Feb. 1 at Carolina.
Lagace made his NHL debut last season and recorded a 6-7-1 record, 3.92 GAA and .867 save percentage in 16 regular-season appearances for Vegas. During the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Lagace dressed and served as Marc-Andre Fleury’s backup for each of the Golden Knights’ final eight games – the last three games of the Western Conference Finals and all five Stanley Cup Final contests against the Washington Capitals.
Fucale has posted a 1-2-0 record, a 2.04 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage in four appearances with the Wolves this year. The 23-year-old Quebec native owns a 16-7-2 record for the Fort Wayne Komets along with a 3.26 GAA and .887 save percentage.