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Truro's Melanson ready to work

Luke Melanson
Luke Melanson

MOUNT WILLIAM, PICTOU COUNTY, N.S. – Luke Melanson hasn’t had a lot of work in the past couple of months.

That’s about to change, at least for the short term.

The Weeks Crushers backup goaltender, who has played just two games since early November, will get the start Wednesday in South Shore against the Lumberjacks, coach Doug Doull said on Tuesday.

“And he’ll most likely play on Thursday,” at home against the St. Stephen Aces, the coach added.

“Daniel (Vautour) has played a lot of hockey lately.”

Melanson, 20, has been solid when asked to fill in for Vautour. The Truro native and former Bearcat has a 7-2 record and a goals-against average of 2.93 this season.

“I don’t like to call myself a backup. I prefer to call myself just one of the goalies,” said Melanson.

“I feel good, I feel ready. I’m excited to go back out there (tonight).”

Melanson, who spent three seasons with the Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets program, had minor surgery in December, keeping him off the ice for close to three weeks. He’s spent the past couple of weeks trying to get in game shape.

“I like his practice habits,” Doull said.

“Luke battles – he looks to make all the saves in practice and that carries over into games. He knew coming into the season he’d be here to push Daniel, be a great teammate and win some games for us when we needed him.”

That’s about to change, at least for the short term.

The Weeks Crushers backup goaltender, who has played just two games since early November, will get the start Wednesday in South Shore against the Lumberjacks, coach Doug Doull said on Tuesday.

“And he’ll most likely play on Thursday,” at home against the St. Stephen Aces, the coach added.

“Daniel (Vautour) has played a lot of hockey lately.”

Melanson, 20, has been solid when asked to fill in for Vautour. The Truro native and former Bearcat has a 7-2 record and a goals-against average of 2.93 this season.

“I don’t like to call myself a backup. I prefer to call myself just one of the goalies,” said Melanson.

“I feel good, I feel ready. I’m excited to go back out there (tonight).”

Melanson, who spent three seasons with the Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets program, had minor surgery in December, keeping him off the ice for close to three weeks. He’s spent the past couple of weeks trying to get in game shape.

“I like his practice habits,” Doull said.

“Luke battles – he looks to make all the saves in practice and that carries over into games. He knew coming into the season he’d be here to push Daniel, be a great teammate and win some games for us when we needed him.”

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