For Immediate Release
Monday March 31, 2014
Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that goaltender MATT MURRAY of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds is the OHL Player of the Week for the playoff week ending March 30 after posting a 3-0-0-0 record including one shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.33 and save percentage of .957.
Murray stopped 89 shots in the final three games of the Western Conference Quarter-Finals backstopping the West Division champion Greyhounds to a five-game series win over the seventh place Owen Sound Attack. The Pittsburgh Penguins prospect made 35 saves last Monday as part of a 5-3 road win in Game 3 of the series, then stopped all 24 shots he faced in Game 4 to earn first star honours with his second career playoff shutout in the 2-0 win in Owen Sound. In Game 5 of the series on 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 beginning Wednesday night.
Murray, a 19-year-old from Thunder Bay, ON, is playing in his fourth career OHL season with the Greyhounds and earns the weekly award for the second time this season. Selected by the Penguins in the third round of the 2012 NHL Draft, Murray finished the regular season ranked second in wins with a record of 32-11-1-5 and tied for first 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.
Click here to watch video highlights of Murray and the Greyhounds in the 2-0 shutout win in Game 4 vs the Attack.
Also considered for the award this week was a pair of Vancouver Canucks prospects including Dane Fox of the Erie Otters and Cole Cassels of the Oshawa Generals. Fox scored three goals and five assists for eight points in three games as the Otters defeated the Saginaw Spirit in five games, while Cassels had a goal and five assists for six points in two games as the Generals defeated the Mississauga Steelheads in four straight games in the Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals.
2013-14 OHL Post-Season Players of the Week:
Mar. 24 – March 30: Matt Murray (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Mar. 17 – Mar. 23: Hunter Smith (Oshawa Generals)
2013-14 OHL Regular Season Players of the Week:
Mar. 10 – Mar. 16: Cameron Brace (Belleville Bulls)
Mar. 3 – Mar. 9: Connor McDavid (Erie Otters)
Feb. 24 – Mar. 2: Sam Bennett (Kingston Frontenacs)
Feb. 17 – Feb. 23: Scott Laughton (Oshawa Generals)
Feb. 10 – Feb. 16: Andreas Athanasiou (Barrie Colts)
Feb. 3 – Feb. 9: Nick Ritchie (Peterborough Petes)
Jan. 27 – Feb. 2: Max Domi (London Knights)
Jan. 20 – Jan. 26: Josh Ho-Sang (Windsor Spitfires)
Jan. 13 – Jan. 19: Justin Nichols (Guelph Storm)
Jan. 6 – Jan. 12: Connor Brown (Erie Otters)
Dec. 30 – Jan. 5: Franky Palazzese (Sudbury Wolves)
Dec. 16 – Dec. 29: Remi Elie (Belleville Bulls)
Dec. 9 – Dec. 15: Max Domi (London Knights)
Dec. 2 – Dec. 8: Andreas Athanasiou (Barrie Colts)
Nov. 25 – Dec. 1: Dane Fox (Erie Otters)
Nov. 18 – Nov. 24: Zac Leslie (Guelph Storm)
Nov. 11 – Nov. 17: Alex Fotinos (Windsor Spitfires)
Nov. 4 – Nov. 10: Matt Murray (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Oct. 28 – Nov. 3: Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads)
Oct. 21 – Oct. 27: Brock McGinn (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 14 – Oct. 20: Scott Kosmachuk (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 7 – Oct. 13: Connor Brown (Erie Otters)
Sept. 30 – Oct. 6: Scott Laughton (Oshawa Generals)
Sept. 23 – Sept 29: Gemel Smith (Owen Sound Attack)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 22: Michael Dal Colle (Oshawa Generals)
For Immediate Release