Daily Collegian: UMass hockey still unsure of Steve Mastalerz's status vs. UVM - UMass Athletics

Daily Collegian: UMass hockey still unsure of Steve Mastalerz's status vs. UVM

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Nick Canelas had this piece in today's Daily Collegian looking ahead to UMass' weekend vs. Vermont and goaltenders Mac Haight and Steve Mastalerz:

Mac Haight's relationship with Steve Mastalerz dates further back than being teammates on the Massachusetts hockey team this season.

According to Haight, the two goaltenders first met six years ago through goalie coach Mike Buckley, who is now the goalie development coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins, when the two were at prep school.

The goalies stayed in contact with one another following that first meeting. Even while Haight was in juniors when Mastalerz was at UMass the last two years, Mastalerz was always there to give advice.

That sort of influence helped him make his decision to join the Minutemen as a recruited walk-on this season.

"It was nice to come in and know someone like Steve to help me out," Haight said. "Because I knew he was gonna help me out through the season and get me into that next level to be ready for college hockey."

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