Ayers and Saviano named Walter Brown Award finalists

BOSTON - Senior forward Steve Saviano (Reading, Mass.) and senior goaltender Mike Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team are among the 14 finalists for the Walter Brown Award as announced by Tom Burke, president of the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, on Monday.

The award, which is in its 52nd year, is presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England. The roster of finalists is made up of 11 players from Hockey East schools and three from the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Saviano has posted 22 goals and 14 assists for 36 points in 29 games as the Wildcats' leading scorer. He ranks tied for second in the nation in goals and seventh in the nation in point scoring.

Ayers, the 2003 Walter Brown Award winner, has started 24 games for the Wildcats this season. He owns a 13-9-2 record with a 2.77 GAA and a .903 save percentage. His four shutouts on the season ranks tied for fourth among Div. I netminders.

The 2004 Walter Brown Award will be presented at the New England Hockey Writers Banquet in April.

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