WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, in conjunction with the American Hockey League announced today that Matt Murray has been selected as the CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month for February.
Murray allowed only one goal on 110 shots during February, posting a 0.25 goals-against average, a .991 save percentage and three shutouts.
Murray drew the start vs. Springfield on Feb. 3 and stopped all 28 Falcons shots to backstop the Penguins to a 4-0 victory. In his next outing at Bridgeport on Feb. 8, Murray denied 36 of 37 chances, allowing only a 5-on-3 power-play goal late in the third period as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won, 3-1. On Feb. 13 vs. Portland, Murray made 23 saves in a 3-0 Penguins victory, and he was perfect again in a 2-0 win over Providence on Feb. 21, stopping all 22 shots he faced.
After beginning March with a third consecutive shutout – his fifth in his last seven starts – Murray now owns a record of 16-8-2 in 28 appearances for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, leading the AHL in goals-against average (1.65), save percentage (.936) and shutouts (eight). A third-round draft pick by Pittsburgh in 2012, 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.
Murray becomes the ninth Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goaltender to earn this honor, joining Sebastien Caron (2000), Marc-Andre Fleury (2005), Dany Sabourin (2006), Nolan Schaeffer (2007) John Curry (2007 & 2010), Brad Thiessen (2010, 2011 & 2013), Jeff Zatkoff (2012) and Eric Hartzell (2014).
In recognition of his achievement, Murray will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Penguins home game.
The Penguins continue their six-game road stretch on Friday, Mar. 6 as they face the Manchester Monarchs at 7:00 p.m. Listen in on WILK Newsradio or watch online at AHL Live.