Murray Earns Second Straight CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month Honors
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Goaltender Matt Murray
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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 March.
Murray was 7-1-1 in nine appearances during a record-breaking month of March, posting a 1.21 goals-against average, a .955 save percentage and three shutouts.
Murray began the month with a pursuit of history, blanking Bridgeport on Mar. 1 and Manchester on Mar. 7 for his third and fourth consecutive shutouts. Early in the second period at Springfield on Mar. 8, Murray established a new AHL record for longest shutout streak, and extended it to 304:11 before finally allowing a goal late in the 4-1 victory. Murray made 26 saves in a 3-1 win over Hershey on Mar. 14 to run his personal winning streak to nine games, and his 32-save effort at Lehigh Valley on Mar. 22 was his 10th shutout of the season, breaking a 72-year-old record for shutouts by an AHL rookie.
In 36 appearances for the Penguins this season, Murray is 22-9-3 and leads the AHL in goals-against average (1.59), save percentage (.940) and shutouts (10). 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 first goaltender in the AHL to earn this honor twice in one season since Brad Thiessen also accomplished the feat for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2010-11. The last player to win consecutive Goaltender of Month awards was Philippe Sauve in February and March of 2002 for the Hershey Bears.
In recognition of his achievement, Murray will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Penguins home game.
The Penguins begin a three-game homestand tonight as they take on the Hartford Wolf Pack at 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.
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