DURHAM, N.H. - Junior goaltender Mike Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team was named Goaltender of the Month for January by Hockey East Association and was also named one of the 10 finalists for the Walter Brown Award by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston.

In the month of January, Ayers owned a 6-1-1 record in eight starts with a 1.88 GAA, .935 save percentage and two shutouts, including a 38 save shutout against Boston University on Jan. 25 at the Whittemore Center.

On the season, Ayers has a 17-6-3 record in 25 starts with a 2.02 GAA and a .932 save percentage. Ayers has five shutouts to his credit this season, which is tied for the NCAA lead as well as the school's single-season shutout record. He currently ranks fourth in the nation in GAA and third in save percentage.

The Walter Brown Award is given annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England.

Earlier this season, Ayers was named Goaltender of the Month in October and has been named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week a league-high four times.

The No. 4 ranked Wildcat men's hockey team returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 9th at Providence College. Game time is 4 p.m at Schneider Arena in Providence, R.I.

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