UNO coach Dean Blais confirmed Friday that goalie Dayn Belfour won’t return to the program.
UNO has added a second freshman goaltender in Kirk Thompson from Prince George of the British Columbia Hockey League to join Reed Peters in competing with junior Ryan Massa for the Mavericks’ starting job.
Belfour, son of hockey hall of famer Ed Belfour, was 3-2-2 with a 2.39 goals-against average and .906 save percentage in 10 games the past two seasons.
“Dayn filled a position for us for a while,” Blais said. “But we’re going to try to make a run at a championship, and with that we had to get more depth at every position.”
A walk-on who sat out the 2010-11 season and played six games in 2011-12, Belfour didn’t make his 2012-13 season debut until Feb. 8 against North Dakota — in what might have been UNO’s biggest game of the season. He played well, making 34 saves in a 2-1 defeat, then came on in relief of John Faulkner the following night.
The following weekend, Belfour earned the Friday night start at Alaska-Anchorage and posted a 10-save shutout. He started the next night but allowed three goals on 11 shots and was pulled.
The Mavs brought Massa out of a redshirt season the following weekend and Belfour didn’t appear in any of their final seven games.
For the season, he was 1-1 with a 2.17 GAA and .911 save percentage.
“Dayn did pretty well for a guy who walked on and was patient, and he was a good team guy,” Blais said. “When (usual starter) Johnny Faulkner was off, Dayn went in, but he never quite turned the corner to be the starter. He got an opportunity last year … but he kind of played that way in juniors, too. He’d play well one night and not so well the next. It’s hard as a coach to guess when he’s going to play well.
“But he had some good games for us.”
Thompson, 21, played three seasons for Prince George. He was 23-21-1 with a 2.86 GAA and .913 save percentage this past season. The Surrey, British Columbia, product originally committed to American International.