Mark Hamilton doesn’t often get his name on the scoresheet.

But the University of Maine’s junior defenseman has been doing an impressive job keeping the opposition off the scoresheet.

One of the reasons is he leads the country in blocked shots per game at 2.83. He is second in total blocks with 68.

He hopes to add to his total this weekend when the Black Bears visit Providence College for Hockey East games on Friday and Saturday.

UMaine looks to end a 16-game road winless streak (0-13-3) dating back to a 5-4 victory at Massachusetts on Jan. 30, 2016.

“I’m not known for putting up points, so I’m trying to help the team by blocking shots. We’ve been working on blocking shots in practice more this year,” said Hamilton, who has posted a goal and seven assists in 24 games.

UMaine is fourth in the country in both total blocked shots (414) and in blocks per game (15.92).

Hamilton said that blocking shots requires reading the situation and making sure you “move into the shooting lane.”

“You have to anticipate the shot,” he said.

Hamilton noted that shot-blocking is a key component to a successful penalty kill.

“A lot of it is instinct, and that’s the kind of player he is,” said UMaine head coach Red Gendron.

Even though hockey players are well-outfitted with protective equipment, there are still some parts of the body that are exposed, and a frozen puck can generate a lot of pain.

“You have to have courage to do it. He’s a tough kid,” said Gendron.

Gendron considers Hamilton one of his most improved players.

“Mark has been a pretty good defensive defenseman ever since he’s been here,” said Gendron. “But he is more than just that now. He has gotten way better. He is more poised with the puck.”

His eight points this season are a career high, and the Black Bears have eight regular-season games left plus the playoffs.

The 6-foot-3, 209-pound native of Winthrop, Massachusetts, is tied for second on the team in plus-minus at plus-3.

Players receive a plus-1 if they are on the ice when their team scores an even-strength or shorthanded goal and minus-1 if the opponent scores.

Hamilton credits his improvement to maturity and being paired with sophomore Rob Michel.

“We complement each other really well,” said Hamilton.

He knows the Black Bears will have their hands full against a streaking Providence team this weekend.

“They’re always an extremely hardworking team, and they have skill,” said Hamilton. “We have to play with intensity and try to win every [puck] battle.”