Penguins’ Murray named Player of the Week

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goaltender Matt Murray has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Feb. 8, 2015. 

Murray stopped 64 of 65 shots in two starts last week, posting a 2-0-0 record, a 0.50 goals-against average and a .985 save percentage. 

On Tuesday night, Murray made 28 saves for his fifth shutout of the season, backstopping Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to a 4-0 win over Springfield. Then on Sunday, Murray took another shutout bid late into the third period before allowing a 5-on-3 power-play goal and settling for a 3-1 win at Bridgeport behind a 36-save effort. 

A third-round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2012, Murray (13-8-2) leads the AHL with a 1.86 goals-against average, ranks fourth with a .929 save percentage and is tied for the league lead with five shutouts in 25 appearances for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season. The 20-year-old rookie from Thunder Bay, Ont., played four junior seasons at Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) before making his professional debut with Wilkes-Barre at the end of the 2013-14 campaign. 

In recognition of his achievement, Murray will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Penguins home game. 

Also see: Previous winners, CCM/AHL Player of the Week