DURHAM, N.H. - Sophomore goaltender Michael Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team was named co- Goaltender of the Month by the Hockey East Association on Thursday afternoon.

Ayers was a perfect 5-0-0 in the month of January and stopped 129 of 136 shots by the opponent. Ayers owned a .949 save percentage and a 1.37 GAA to start the new calendar year. He allowed one goal in four of his five starts and held Boston University's high-powered offense to four goals in two games.

Ayers now leads Hockey East play with a 1.84 GAA and a .934 save% with a record of 7-1-0, which is a league-best. In the national leaderboard, Ayers ranks 14th in GAA.

The Wildcats, ranked No. 1 in the nation, are currently 19-4-2 overall, 11-2-2 in Hockey East play and are four points ahead of second place Maine, but the Black Bears have one game in hand.

UNH returns to action Friday, February 1 vs. the University of Maine at Alfond Arena. Game time is 7 p.m.

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