The goalie had planned to take the season off before re-joining the program for 2013-14, but when backup Anthony Stolarz left the team Jan. 6, UNO coach Dean Blais got in contact and Massa registered for classes Jan. 7 and joined the Mavericks for practice Jan. 8. Massa, who had been in town practicing with the Omaha Lancers, is still planning to redshirt and serve as the Mavs’ third goalie, unless there is an injury or other unforeseen circumstance involving John Faulkner and Dayn Belfour. As a freshman last season, the 6-foot, 179-pounder from Littleton, Colo., earned the majority of the Mavs’ minutes in net, going 7-8-2 with a 2.60 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage. But he struggled in most of his starts after suffering a concussion in a Jan. 20 game against Minnesota State-Mankato.
Q: What’s it like to be back?