Beyond The Benches

Another Shutout for Matt Murray

February has been an excellent month for Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguin’s rookie goaltender Matt Murray as he recorded his third shutout in four February starts on Saturday in a 2-0 win over the Providence Bruins. Murray stopped 22 shots from Providence and was key factor in the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins win.

Murray’s Saturday night shutout tied the WBS Penguins former record for shutouts in a season held by Brad Thiessen during the 2010-11 season. Murray’s seven shutout total is the most by a first year goaltender in AHL since the 2003-04 season when Wade Dubielewicz of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers totaled nine.

Murray was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2012 Entry Draft in Round 3, #83 overall and has appeared in 27 games for WBS this season and one game in the 2013-14 season. Murray’s poise and consistency in Wilkes-Barre may make him a solid option for the Pittsburgh Penguins who are having troubles with backup goalie Thomas Greiss. Despite his inexperience, his impressive 0.934 save percentage and goals against average of 1.72 make him a solid option at playoff time if the Pittsburgh Penguins find themselves in a bind.