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UMass hockey rising-senior goaltender Steve Mastalerz and recent graduate Conor Sheary have both been invited to Penguins Prospect Development Camp, which will begin next Tuesday, July 15. The camp, which will be held at the CONSOL Energy Center, concludes on Saturday, July 19 with a scrimmage that is free and open to the public beginning at 3 p.m.

Sheary, who signed with the organization this spring, is coming off a stellar postseason with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Mastalerz is attending his first development camp.

Republican: UMass hockey team knocks off 11th-ranked Notre Dame, 3-2

Paul Bowker of the Springfield Republican has a recap of hockey's 3-2 win at No. 11 Notre Dame on Saturday night in the second game of the weekend. The Friday/Saturday split was the first-ever meeting between the two schools as Hockey East foes.
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."

Read more: UMass hockey still unsure of Steve Mastalerz's status heading into weekend

Cameron McDonough takes a look at freshman Alex Wakaluk's collegiate debut for UMass hockey last weekend at Maine as well as the 2011 debut of current junior netminder Steve Mastalerz.

Read: Freshman Alex Wakaluk learns from first game in net for UMass hockey

Cameron McDonough profiled goaltender Steve Mastalerz for the Hockey Preview Issue of the Daily Collegian. Mastalerz is UMass' lone returnee in net.

It was never a matter of if Steve Mastalerz would attend the University of Massachusetts. Rather, it was a matter of if he would get an offer to play for its hockey team.

And once he got the official offer to play for the Massachusetts hockey team, it was a relatively easy decision.

The reason why the junior goalie from North Andover was so focused on attending UMass was because it was in his blood. His grandmother raised his father, Jim, 20 minutes away from Amherst and his brother, John, started out the tradition of the Mastalerz family attending UMass when he came to Amherst two years before Steve did.

The idea of playing for the Minutemen also had a comfort level attached to it since he knew one of the assistant coaches, Mike Buckley, whose specific job was to work with the goalies. Mastalerz, at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, had worked with Buckley before and he was a "big influence" on why Mastalerz decided to come to UMass as well.

Read more of UMass goaltender Steve Mastalerz ready for new challenges in '13

Matt Vautour takes a look at the goaltending battle for UMass and lone upperclassmen goaltender Steve Mastalerz:

University of Massachusetts junior Steve Mastalerz has played like a No. 1 goalie at times.

As a sophomore, Mastalerz stopped 21 shots in a 5-2 upset of then-No. 2 Boston College. It was one of a handful of strong showings during his first two years that showed his potential in goal. But injury-fueled inconsistency prevented him from stringing those types of performances together last season, as neither he nor fellow sophomore Kevin Boyle could ever really seize that No. 1 role.

Read more of UMass goalie Steve Mastalerz eager to hold on to No. 1 role

Recaps From Hockey's Split Weekend Vs. New Hampshire

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UMass split its weekend against New Hampshire taking a tough 4-3 loss on Friday night before bouncing back for a 4-2 win on Saturday. With the win and a Northeastern loss, UMass remains tied for 8th place in the league standings and holds a critical tie-breaker against the Huskies entering the final regular-season weekend.


Saturday Highlights:

Saturday Postgame Interview:

Friday Highlights:

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Recaps From Hockey's Win Over No. 4 Boston College

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Steve Mastalerz not only posted the first shutout of his career last night at the Mullins Center - the freshman goalie posted the first shutout ever against Boston College since the series began in the early 1920's. UMass cruised to a 4-0 win over the No. 4 Eagles to win the regular-season series thanks to a pair of goals from T.J. Syner and a shorthanded goal from Peter DeAngelo.


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Postgame Interview:
Matt Vautour has a look between the pipes as the UMass hockey team will have a new face regularly manning the goal this season.

The Minutemen will open up the 2011-12 campaign on Friday night at Northeastern.

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