DURHAM, N.H. - Sophomore goaltender Michael Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team was named Defensive Player of the Week by the Hockey East Association on Monday afternoon.

Ayers has won Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time in his career. In two starts this week, he stopped 50 of 51 shots by the opponent with wins over Boston College and UMass-Amherst. Ayers broke the Hockey East single-season record with a .938 save percentage in league play that was previously held by former Wildcat Ty Conklin (.930). He finished the season with a 9-1-1 record and a 1.79 GAA in league games and overall he was 12-2-1 with a 2.16 GAA and a .921 save percentage.

UNH (25-6-3 overall, 17-4-3 Hockey East) returns to action this Friday, March 8 vs. the Merrimack College Warriors in the Hockey East quarterfinals. Game time is 7 p.m. at the Whittemore Center.

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