UNO hockey coach Dean Blais said the Mavericks will be OK next season without sophomore goaltender Ryan Massa.
Blais announced Wednesday that Massa will be taking a year off for personal reasons and will not compete again for the Mavericks until the 2013-14 season.
“We respect Ryan’s decision and wish him the best in the upcoming year,” Blais said. “Per NCAA rules, he has five years in which to complete four years of competition, and we’ll look forward to his return in 2013-14.
“We are fortunate to have John Faulkner and Dayn Belfour returning as well as incoming freshman Anthony Stolarz joining our roster, and we think all three will do a very good job for us.”
Blais said he wouldn’t divulge any more information about Massa because it’s for personal reasons.
He and Faulkner, a senior, split time in goal last season, with whoever was hot getting the starting nod, Blais said.
Massa led the Mavericks last year with seven wins, a goals-against average of 2.60 and a save percentage of .914. The native of Littleton, Colo., also authored UNO’s only shutout, turning aside 35 shots in a 4-0 win at Michigan Tech on Feb. 11.
Faulkner, from Sarnia, Ontario, started 15 of the 18 games he played in with a 5-9-2 record and a 2.93 goals against average. His save percentage was .886.
Belfour, who will be a sophomore, appeared in six games, starting four. Stolarz, who was drafted 45th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers, played 2,939 minutes last year in the North American League. He’s the highest drafted player in UNO history.