College Hockey:
Nebraska-Omaha goalie Massa to take year off for ‘personal reasons’

Nebraska-Omaha sophomore goaltender Ryan Massa will be taking a year off for personal reasons and will not play for the Mavericks during the upcoming 2012-13 season, the school announced Wednesday.

“We respect Ryan’s decision and wish him the best in the upcoming year,” said UNO coach Dean Blais in a news release. “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. We think all three will do a very good job for us.”

Massa led the Mavericks last year with seven wins, a goals-against average of 2.60 and a save percentage of .914. He also authored UNO’s only shutout of the season, turning aside 35 shots in a 4-0 win at Michigan Tech on Feb. 11.

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