Matt Murray Pushes Texas to Brink of Playoffs, Earns AHL Player of the Week

(Credit: Iowa Wild)

Matt Murray has had quite a week and got the AHL recognition for it this afternoon. After posting a 3-0 record and a 0.981 SV& with a shutout to boot, he was named the AHL's Player of the Week for last week.

With the three wins, Texas is just one point away from clinching the playoffs. You have to imagine Murray will be in the pipes tomorrow night in Manitoba as Texas goes for the clinch.

Here's the release:

The American Hockey League announced today that Texas Stars goaltender Matt Murray has been selected as the AHL Player of the Week for the period ending April 24, 2022.

One week removed from his professional debut, Murray led the Stars to three crucial road victories and helped move them to the brink of a berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs.

On Wednesday evening in Milwaukee, Murray stopped 30 shots – including 21 in the third period – as Texas earned a 4-1 win over the Admirals. The Stars then headed to Des Moines for a critical two-game series with the Iowa Wild, and Murray followed a 38-save shutout in Friday’s 1-0 victory with a 33-save performance in a 2-1 victory on Saturday, leaving Texas one point away from securing the final postseason spot in the Central Division.

For the week, Murray turned aside 101 of the 103 shots he faced, good for a 0.67 goals-against average and a .981 save percentage.

Signed to a tryout by Texas after completing his collegiate career at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst last month, Murray has a record of 4-1-0 in five AHL starts and shows a 1.62 GAA and a .948 save percentage, allowing just eight goals on 152 shots. The 24-year-old native of St. Albert, Alta., went 77-49-4 with a 2.23 GAA, a .916 save percentage and 16 shutouts in 122 appearances over five seasons at UMass-Amherst, and helped the Minutemen to the program’s first national championship in 2021.