DURHAM, N.H. - Sophomore goaltender Michael Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team was named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week by Hockey East on Monday afternoon. Ayers turned away 51 of 56 shots (.911%) by the Black Bears last weekend vs. the second most powerful offense in the conference.

Ayers was severely cut on his left wrist on Friday night and came back to make a career-high 33 saves on Saturday night and was named the No. 1 star in the 2-2 tie. Ayers will have surgery early this week to repair the severed tendon and he will be out of action for approximately six weeks.

Ayers is 9-0-1 in his last 10 starts and leads the league with a .930 save% in league play, which ties former Wildcat Ty Conklin's single-season mark that he set last season.

The Wildcats are currently 19-5-3 overall and 11-3-3 in Hockey East play. The Wildcats are first in Hockey East with 25 points, while Maine trails UNH by two points with one game in hand.

UNH returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 10 vs. Providence College at the Whittemore Center. Game time is 4 p.m. and can been seen live on NHPTV.

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