Goaltender Nick Schneider, who was 2-1-1-0 in four starts with the Kansas City Mavericks, has been recalled to the Stockton Heat, the team’s American Hockey League affiliate.
The 21-year-old rookie had a 2.72 goals against average and .907 save percentage in his brief tenure with the Mavericks.
With the departure of Schneider, the Mavericks have signed Ben Halford, who started the season with the Mavs and remained on the roster until Mason McDonald was activated from injured reserve.
Halford was released last Friday.
“Ben knew the situation, that he would likely be released when we got Mason back, but he was still in town – luckily for us – and he was excited to sign on again,” Mavericks coach John-Scott Dickson said. “Mason will be our guy in the net, but we’re excited to see what Ben can do.”
Halford, 25, went through camp with the Mavericks and appeared in one preseason game, stopping 14 of 16 shots.
“Nick made an impression in those first four games,” Dickson said. “The kid can play, and we’re thrilled to see him get the call up to Stockton. That’s what our league is all about – helping guys develop so they can advance and hopefully one day make it to the NHL.”
McDonald starred in the net for the Mavericks in his first start of the season, last Saturday’s 7-2 rout of the Indy Fuel at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. He stopped 25 of 27 shots.
“Mason was dealing with a lower body issue and we weren’t going to put him out there until he was totally healthy,” Dickson added. “Mason looked good Saturday night. He was moving around well in front of the net.”
Halford played four games with Fayetteville of the Southern Professional Hockey League last year after finishing his college career with Princeton. He went 1-2-0 with a 4.91 goals against average.