DURHAM, N.H. - Mike Ayers (Hingham, Mass.), Lanny Gare (Vernon, B.C.) and Colin Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) of the third-ranked University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team were selected to the JOFA All-America East Second Team, the American Hockey Coaches Association announced Wednesday. This is the first time in the program's 76-year history that three players earned All-America recognition in the same season.
Ayers, a junior goaltender, has a 26-7-6 record with a 2.14 goals-against-average, .927 save percentage and a school-record seven shutouts in the 2003 season. He has also broken UNH's single-season record for wins, saves (1,080) and minutes (2379:37) this year. Ayers ranks second in the nation in GAA and shutouts, third in both save percentage and saves, fourth in minutes played and seventh in winning percentage. He has allowed two or fewer goals in 23 of 40 games.
Ayers is unbeaten in 12 games (9-0-3) and has made 26 consecutive starts. His other 2003 honors include the Walter Brown Award, Hockey East co-Player of the Year, NCAA Northeast Regional MVP, Hockey East Player of the Month (March) and three-time Hockey East Goaltender of the Month (March, January, October).
Gare, a senior forward, leads the team in goals (22), points (51) and plus/minus (+24), and is second in assists (29) through 40 games. He ranks 16th in the nation in both points and points per game (1.27). Gare is third on the team in both power-play goals (five) and game-winning goals (three). He has recorded at least one point in 28 games and has 15 multiple point performances to his credit.
Gare recorded his 100th career point earlier this season and he is currently No. 29 on UNH's all-time scoring list with 142 career points (48 goals, 94 assists). His other 2003 honors include Hockey East All-Conference First Team, conference Player of the Month (November) and two-time Player of the Week.
Hemingway, a senior forward, is the fifth UNH player to earn All-America status twice; he was an All-America First Team selection a year ago. He is tied for the team lead in goals (22), is second in points (47) and third in assists (25), and in postseason play leads the team with five goals and is second in points with seven. Hemingway has a team-best 11 power-play goals, which ranks 10th in the nation, and is second in game-winning goals with four.
Hemingway has recorded at least one point in 25 games, including 15 multiple-point performances, and is currently 24th on UNH's all-time scoring list with 148 points (67 goals, 81 assists). His other 2003 honors include NCAA Northeast Regional All-Tournament Team and Hockey East All-Conference Second Team.
UNH (27-7-6) plays top-ranked Cornell University (30-4-1) in Thursday afternoon's Frozen Four semifinal at noon. The national championship game is April 12 at 7 p.m.