Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Matt Murray of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the playoff week ending March 30 after posting a 3-0-0-0 record with one shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.33 and save percentage of .957.
Murray backstopped the OHL’s West Division champion Greyhounds to a five-game series win over the seventh place Owen Sound Attack including three straight wins to close out the series last week. Playing on the road with the series tied 1-1, Murray made 35 saves last Monday in Game 3 as part of a 5-3 Greyhounds victory, then stopped all 24 shots he faced in Game 4 on Wednesday to earn first star honours in the 2-0 triumph. Back on home ice Friday, Murray had a 30-save performance as the Greyhounds defeated the Attack 6-1 to advance to the Western Conference Semi-Finals where they will face the Erie Otters.
Murray, a 19-year-old from Thunder Bay, ON, is playing in his fourth career OHL season with the Greyhounds. Selected by the Penguins in the third round of the 2012 NHL Draft, Murray finished the regular season ranked second in OHL wins with a record of 32-11-1-5 and tied for first in the league with six shutout victories. He also posted a goals-against-average of 2.57 and a save percentage of .921 that both ranked among the top five in the OHL.
Also considered for the award this week was Dallas Stars prospect Philippe Desrosiers who stopped all 38 shots he faced for the Rimouski Oceanic in parts of their final two games against the Chicoutimi Sagueneens in QMJHL Playoff action, and Patrik Polivka who posted a 2-0 record with a 1.50 goals-against-average and a .945 save percentage for the Victoria Royals in their first round WHL Playoff series victory over the Spokane Chiefs.
2013-14 Playoff Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:
Mar. 24 – Mar. 30: Matt Murray (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Mar. 17 – Mar. 23: Taran Kozun (Seattle Thunderbirds)
2013-14 Regular Season Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:
Mar. 10 – Mar. 16: Philippe Cadorette (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Mar. 3 – Mar. 9: Brandon Halverson (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Feb. 24 – Mar. 2: Alex Nedeljkovic (Plymouth Whalers)
Feb. 17 – Feb. 23: Philippe Desrosiers (Rimouski Oceanic)
Feb. 10 – Feb. 16: Jordan DeKort (Kitchener Rangers)
Feb. 3 – Feb. 9: Taran Kozun (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Jan. 27 – Feb. 2: Brendan Burke (Portland Winterhawks)
Jan. 20 – Jan. 26: Patrik Bartosak (Red Deer Rebels)
Jan. 13 – Jan. 19: Taran Kozun (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Jan. 6 – Jan. 12: Oscar Dansk (Erie Otters)
Dec. 30 – Jan. 5: Franky Palazzese (Sudbury Wolves)
Dec. 9 – Dec. 15: Matthew Mancina (Guelph Storm)
Dec. 2 – Dec. 8: Oscar Dansk (Erie Otters)
Nov. 25 – Dec. 1: Matt Mahalak (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 18 – Nov. 24: Patrik Polivka (Victoria Royals)
Nov. 11 – Nov. 17: Francois Brassard (Quebec Remparts)
Nov. 4 – Nov. 10: Tristan Jarry (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Oct. 28 – Nov. 3: Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads)
Oct. 21 – Oct. 27: Jordon Cooke (Kelowna Rockets)
Oct. 14 – Oct. 20: Philippe Cadorette (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Oct. 7 – Oct. 13: Brandon Whitney (Victoriaville Tigres)
Sept. 30 – Oct. 6: Ty Edmonds (Prince George Cougars)
Sept. 23 – Sept. 29: Alex Nedeljkovic (Plymouth Whalers)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 22: Sebastien Auger (Saint John Sea Dogs)