WAKEFIELD, Mass. - Mike Ayers (Hingham, Mass.), a junior goaltender on the third-ranked University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team, was honored as both KOHO Player of the Month and ITCH Goaltender of the Month for March, Hockey East announced Tuesday afternoon.
Ayers, the Hockey East co-Player of the Year, went 7-0-0 in March with a 2.08 goals-against-average and a .926 save percentage. He stopped 24 of 25 shots in the regular-season finale against Boston College, which gave UNH the victory and a share of the Hockey East regular season title. In the Hockey East Championships at the FleetCenter in Boston, Ayers recorded the first shutout in title game history by stopping all 24 Boston University shots to give the Wildcats back-to-back tourney titles.
Most recently, Ayers was named Most Valuable Player of the NCAA Northeast Regional last weekend and earned Hockey East Player of the Week on Monday, March 31. He stopped 62 of 64 shots for a 1.00 GAA and a .969 save percentage in victories against St. Cloud State University and Boston University. Ayers was credited with 27 saves to record his seventh shutout of the season in the team's 3-0 victory against BU in the second round.
Ayers is 26-7-6 on the year with a 2.14 GAA and a .927 save percentage while setting new UNH single-season records for wins (26), shutouts (seven) saves (1,080) and minutes played (2379:37).
UNH (27-7-5) will play top-ranked Cornell University in an NCAA Frozen Four semifinal game on April 10.