No. 9 New Hampshire hockey blanks No. 14 Brown, 3-0

DURHAM, N.H. – Mike Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) recorded 23 saves, including 14 in the third period, to lead the ninth-ranked University of New Hampshire hockey team to Saturday night’s 3-0 non-conference victory against 14th-ranked Brown University at the Whittemore Center.

UNH extended its unbeaten streak to four games (3-0-1) and improved to 14-7-6 overall (6-3-3 Hockey East), while Brown is now 9-5-4 (9-3-1 ECAC).

Ayers, who extended his career shutout record to 12 with his fourth of the season and second of the week, preserved his shutout in the final frame by turning aside eight Brown shots when the Bears had a two-man advantage for a span of 1:18.

Following a scoreless first period in which UNH generated a 15-4 shot advantage, the Wildcats netted three goals in the middle stanza to take a 3-0 lead into the final frame. Brian Yandle (Milton, Mass.) and Tyler Scott (Rockville, Md.) scored within 21 seconds to quickly give New Hampshire a 2-0 advantage.

Yandle’s power-play goal at 9:36 came on a shot from the left point that was set up by a pass along the blue line from Justin Aikins (South Surrey, B.C.). Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) initiated the scoring sequence with a pass from the left circle to Aikins at the right point.

Scott extended the lead to 2-0 at 9:57 when he scored on a rebound at the left doorstep. Brown goalie Yann Dannis stopped the initial shot by Mick Mounsey (Concord, N.H.) from the slot but Scott capitalized on the rebound. Patrick Foley (Milton, Mass.) was also credited with an assist.

Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.) scored what proved to be the final goal of the game at 17:39 when his shot from the left circle went into the upper-left corner. Yandle and Steve Saviano (Reading, Mass.) set up the shorthanded tally.

Danis recorded 31 saves through two periods and finished with 38.

UNH returns to action Jan. 23 (7 p.m.) at Merrimack College. The next Wildcat home game is Feb. 7 vs. UMass. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.


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