AMHERST, Mass. –
University of Massachusetts sophomore goaltender Matt Murray
has been selected as the Hockey East Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday. The St. Albert, Alberta native backstopped the Minutemen to a weekend sweep over then-No. 4/3 Providence, helping UMass earn its highest ranking in program history, appearing at No. 4 in this week's USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.
Murray's award marks his second career Player of the Week nod and fourth Hockey East Weekly Award overall. It is the fourth Hockey East Player of the Week honor collected by a member of the Minutemen this season.
Murray made a total of 58 saves over the pair of 3-2 victories over the Friars for a .935 save percentage and a 2.00 goals-against average on the week, allowing just two even strength goals over the two-game set. He made 29 saves in Saturday's road matchup, which included stopping 15-of-15 shots in the third period, to help the Minutemen pick up their first win in Schneider arena since Jan. 30, 2010 and was named the No. 3 star of the night. Murray had 29 saves in Thursday's home victory over Providence, as well.
Murray is the first goaltender in UMass' Division I history to start a season 6-0-0, and currently holds a Hockey East-leading .943 save percentage (No. 7 nationally) and a 1.67 goals-against average (No. 2 in Hockey East, No. 9 nationally) on the year.
After earning their first top-10 ranking since 2009, coming in at No. 9 in last week's USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls, the Minutemen have moved up into the No. 4 spot in this week's USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings, the highest ranking in program history. UMass' previous peak in the polls was No. 5 in the USCHO.com poll on Dec. 31, 2007.
The Minutemen return to action this Friday, Nov. 16, when the squad will travel to Worcester, Massachusetts, for a non-conference matchup at Holy Cross at 7 p.m.