TAMPA BAY â€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Alex Killorn to a two-year, two-way contract, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Yzerman also announced today that the Club has signed goaltender Sebastien Caron to a one-year, one-way contract. Caron will be placed on waivers today and would clear tomorrow at noon.
Killorn, 22, played in 34 games with Harvard University this season, recording 23 goals and 46 points to go along with 47 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-1, 197-pound forward ranked first on Harvard in goals and points and was second in assists. Killorn ranked third in the Eastern College Athletic Conference in goals and was fourth in points. He was named to the 2012 ECAC First Team All-League and was a nominee for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the nationâ€™s top collegiate player.
The Halifax, Nova Scotia native has skated in 130 career games with Harvard over the past four seasons, recording 53 goals and 109 points to go along with 155 penalty minutes. He is the first Harvard player to record 50 goals in his collegiate career since 2004.
The Lightning selected Killorn in the third round, 107th overall, at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Florida Everblades 2 @ Elmira Jackals 3
D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 29 GP, 2-5-7, +4, 10 PIM
D Sebastien Piche, FLA: Did not play (suspended)
Season Totals: 9 GP, 0-5-5, +4, 23 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 27 GP, 0-9-9, -5, 2 PIM (Norfolk property)
Florida scored with just over a minute left in the game to pull within one goal, but could never tie the conference leaders. Florida outshot Elmira 27-22.
Colgate Raiders 0 @ No. 13 Cornell Big Red 3
D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, , 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 1-6-7, +13, 12 PIM
Gotovets was back on defense after playing forward in Cornellâ€™s semifinal loss to Harvard on Friday. He registered one shot on goal as Cornell took the Consolation Game win in Atlantic City.
No. 19 Harvard Crimson 1 @ Union Dutchmen 3
F Alex Killorn, HAR: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 34GP, 23-23-46, +13, 47 PIMs
In what was probably his final collegiate game, Alex Killorn scored his teamâ€™s only goal and led the Crimson with five shots on net, but Harvard lost to Union 3-1 in the ECAC Championship Game. It was Unionâ€™s first ECAC title. Any slim shot Harvard had at getting an invitation to the big dance went by the wayside when Union and Western Michigan both got automatic bids. Killorn came back to school for his senior year to do just this â€“ have a strong offensive campaign and lead his team to new heights. Hopefully he holds his head high. The Killorn contract watch now begins, as heâ€™s a lock to sign his name on the dotted line with the Lightning. Itâ€™s just a matter of when.
No. 7 Miami RedHawks 4 vs. Bowling Green Falcons 1
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 11-15-26, +17, 10 PIM
After a tough loss to Western Michigan in the semifinals Friday, Miami defeated upstart Bowling Green in the CCHA Consolation Game. Miami is a lock for the national tournament and will await their seeding on Sunday.
Note: Brendan Oâ€™Donnell (North Dakota) is out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery. North Dakota won their third straight WCHA tournament championship.
No. 3 Michigan Wolverines 2 vs. No. 14 Western Michigan Broncos 3
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 2-11-13, +8, 47 PIM
Fear the beard. Witkowski and Western Michigan won their first CCHA tournament title since 1986 as they held on to beat Michigan, 3-2. Witkowski was strong all night with his partner, free agent Dan DeKeyser. Witkowskiâ€™s dump-in and the hybrid icing rule led to the eventual game-winning goal, scored in the closing minutes of the second period. Witkowski, who came into the game with seven points in his last eight games, was beaten one-on-one for Michiganâ€™s first goal, which came while WMU was on the power play, but was strong in his own zone as the Broncos killed off a five-minute major penalty that ended with three minutes to go. He was very poised and strong on the puck in his own end, and at one point in the final minute enabled a clear when he beat two Wolverines to a loose puck while he was on his knees after breaking up the previous play. During the broadcast, Fox Sports Detroit said WMU coach Andy Murray mentioned that all six WMU defensemen would be back next year. The announcers didnâ€™t seem to put a ton of stock in the comment, but itâ€™s the first indication that DeKeyser â€“ and Witkowski â€“ are staying in school. DeKeyser, who was named to the CCHA All-Tournament team, will be offered a contract from most every NHL team and Witkowski has played well enough to start a contract conversation among the Lightning brass. Time will tell, but right now Witkowski, his beard â€“ which got a kiss from the Broncos backup goaltender during the celebration, and WMU will wait and see what damage they can do in the national tournament. They earned an automatic bid with the tournament championship. (Luke's photo from his Twitter feed, @LWitko28)
*USCHO poll used
No. 19 Harvard Crimson 6 @ No. 13 Cornell Big Red 1
Killorn and Harvard continued their magical run, beating the favored Big Red 6-1 on Friday to earn a trip to the ECAC finals against top-seeded Union. Harvard scored the gameâ€™s first six goals, with Killorn getting numbers two and five. Cornell added a late goal. Lightning prospect Kirill Gotovets spent time at wing, which he has done a handful of times this year. Harvard has to beat Union on Saturday to get into the national tournament. Cornell, who will play in the Third Place Game on Saturday, is considered on the bubble.
No. 7 Miami RedHawks 2 vs. No. 14 Western Michigan Broncos 6
Witkowski logged a ton of minutes and for a moment or two had was credited with an important goal for WMU as the Broncos upset Miami to advance to the CCHA Finals against Michigan, who beat Cinderella Bowling Green in double overtime. Witkowski took a feed in the high slot while on the power play, skated a couple of strides, and fired a low wrist shot that found its way to the twine but it was later ruled to have hit the shaft of the stick of teammate Will Kessel (undrafted). Witkowski and defensive partner Dan DeKeyser, a free agent target of the Lightning, played nearly every key shift in the game for the Broncos and matched-up against Lightning prospect Jimmy Mullinâ€™s high-powered line for much of the game. Mullin created a few scoring chances and had his name announced for an assist on Miami's first goal, but it was later corrected. Mullin was one of the few RedHawks who was generating chances. Mullin will continue his season in Saturday's Third Place Game, then on the road to the Frozen Four in Tampa as the RedHawks are considered a lock for an invitation. WMU is on the bubble, but can punch their ticket with a win over the Wolverines at Joe Louis Arena Saturday night.
*USCHO poll used
Yale Bulldogs 2 @ Harvard Crimson 8
ECAC quarterfinals: Harvard wins best-of-3 series 2-1
F Alex Killorn, HAR: 2-2-4, +4, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 32GP, 20-22-42, +10, 47 PIMs
After games one and two had three overtimes between them, 3-seed Harvard blew out their hated rivals in Game 3, 8-2. Killorn factored in on four of Harvardâ€™s first five goals after getting down 1-0 early to the Bulldogs. Game stars havenâ€™t been posted yet, but Killornâ€™s a sure bet to be at least second star. David Valek (undrafted) had a hat trick for Harvard, who advances to the ECAC semifinals in Atlantic City. Killorn will matchup against fellow Lightning prospect Kirill Gotovets and second-seeded Cornell.
Quinnipiac Bobcats 0 @ Colgate Raiders 4
ECAC Quarterfinals: Colgate wins best-of-3 series 2-1
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 8-31-39, E, 12 PIM
Colgate didnâ€™t leave much doubt when eliminating Quinnipiac in Game 3 on Sunday. The Raiders took a 3-0 lead into the third period and Eric Mihalik (undrafted) made 13 of his 21 saves in the third period to help Colgate advance to the ECAC semifinals to play Union. Pecaâ€™s seven-game point streak came to an end. With the loss, Quinnipiac's season is complete. Congratulations to the Bobcats for a fine year and to Peca, who was outstanding in his first collegiate season.
Dartmouth Big Green 1 @ No. 13 Cornell Big Red 3
ECAC Quarterfinals: Cornell wins best-of-3 series 2-0
D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, , 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 1-6-7, +13, 12 PIM
Cornell scored three times in the first period and made the score hold up the rest of the way to advance to the ECAC semifinals in Atlantic City.
Yale Bulldogs 3 @ Harvard Crimson 4 (2OT)
ECAC quarterfinals: Best-of-3 series tied 1-1
F Alex Killorn, HAR: 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM (hitting after the whistle), 9 SOG
Season totals: 31GP, 18-20-38, +6, 47 PIMs
For the second straight game Harvard and Yale went to overtime, but this time it was the Crimson who prevailed. Alex Killorn had a team-leading nine shots on goal on Saturday after only registering one on Friday night. Defenseman Dan Ford (undrafted) scored the double overtime winner for Harvard â€“ his second goal of the season. The series-deciding Game 3 will be played Sunday at Harvard.
No.15 Michigan State Spartans 1 @ No. 11 Miami RedHawks 4
CCHA Quarterfinals: Miami wins best-of-3 series 2-0
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 11-15-26, +16, 10 PIM
Mullin assisted on the gameâ€™s first goal and for the second night in a row Miami had a huge second period as they eliminated Michigan State from the CCHA playoff race with a 4-1 victory. The RedHawks scored three times in the second period to blow open a 1-1 game. Miami advances to the ECAC semifinals at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
Note: Brendan Oâ€™Donnell (North Dakota) is out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery this week.
Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ Colgate Raiders 2
ECAC Quarterfinals: Best-of-3 series tied 1-1
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 8-31-39, +1, 12 PIM
Quinnipiac staved off elimination in the ECAC tournament with a 4-2 win over the Raiders. Matt Peca extended his point streak to seven games with a three-point night. He is now over a point-per-game. Game 3 is Sunday at Colgate.
No.20 Lake Superior State Lakers 2 @ No. 16 Western Michigan Broncos 5
CCHA Quarterfinals: WMU wins best-of-3 series 2-0[/b]
[i]D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM (cross-checking), 3 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 2-10-12, +7, 47 PIM
Witkowski (pictured) scored his second goal of the season to open the scoring and WMU built a 5-0 lead on their way to a win, sweep of LSSU, and a trip to Detroit for the CCHA semifinals for the second year in a row â€“ a first for Bronco hockey. Free agent defenseman Dan DeKeyser had two helpers in the game.
*USCHO poll used
Dartmouth Big Green 3 @ No. 13 Cornell Big Red 4 (2OT)
ECAC Quarterfinals: Cornell leads best-of-3 series 1-0
D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +13, 12 PIM
Gotovets was back in the Cornell lineup after missing the Big Redâ€™s last two games because of an undisclosed injury. He helped Cornell to win Game 1 between the two large colors, 4-3 in double overtime. He earned the secondary assist on the overtime winner scored by Sean Whitney (undrafted), his first goal of the season. Game 2 is Saturday at Cornell.
Yale Bulldogs 2 @ Harvard Crimson 1 (OT)
ECAC quarterfinals: Yale leads best-of-3 series 1-0
F Alex Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 18-18-36, +6, 45 PIMs
Yale stole Game 1 against their hated rivals by beating the Crimson in overtime in Harvardâ€™s barn. Penguins pick Kenny Agostino had the game winner, his 14th goal of the year. Game 2 is Saturday night at Harvard.
No.15 Michigan State Spartans 0 @ No. 11 Miami (Ohio) RedHawks 6
CCHA Quarterfinals: Miami leads best-of-3 series 1-0
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 2-2-4, +3, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 32 GP, 11-14-25, +16, 10 PIM
Mullin scored two goals in his first collegiate playoff game and was named first star as the RedHawks crushed visiting Michigan State 6-0 on Friday. Mullin, who scored on a rebound and again on a backhander, has nine points in his last three games. His eight shots on goal led Miami. Game 2 is Saturday in Oxford, Ohio.
Note: Brendan Oâ€™Donnell (North Dakota) is out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery.
Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 @ Colgate Raiders 4
ECAC Quarterfinals: Colgate leads best-of-3 series 1-0
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 8-28-36, -1, 12 PIM
The Raiders drew first blood in their quarterfinal series with Quinnipiac when Colgate got two third period goals to break a 2-2 tie with the Bobcats. Lightning prospect Matt Peca extended his point streak to six games with an assist. The two teams play again Saturday at Colgate. Though Colgate is seeded higher in the tournament, Quinnipiac is ahead of the Raiders in votes in the latest USCHO poll. Both teams are just outside the top-20. Earlier on Friday, Peca, Cornell forward Brian Ferlin, and Harvard defenseman Patrick McNally were named finalists for the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year Award.
No.20 Lake Superior State Lakers 2 @ No. 16 Western Michigan Broncos 4
CCHA Quarterfinals: WMU leads best-of-3 series 1-0
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 1-10-11, +6, 45 PIM
Witkowski registered a point for the fifth time in six games as the Broncos took Game 1 of their CCHA quarterfinal series against LSSU, 4-2. Coveted NCAA free agent defenseman Dan DeKeyser had an assist on WMUâ€™s empty net goal and was plus-2 for the Broncos. According to the Tampa Tribune, the Lightning have a good shot at signing DeKeyser if he chooses to leave school after the season. Game 2 is Saturday night in the Zoo (at WMU).
*USCHO poll used
Brown Bears 2 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 4
ECAC First Round: Quinnipiac wins best of 3 series, 2-1
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 8-27-35, +2, 12 PIM
It took longer than expected, but the fifth-seeded Bobcats finally eliminated last place Brown. The Bears, who upset Quinnipiac on Friday to take a 1-0 lead in their opening round series of the ECAC playoffs, went down 3-0 on Sunday after two periods in the decisive Game 3, only to come roaring back to make it 3-2 four minutes into the third period. Quinnipiac held on and eventually added an empty netter with 15 seconds left in the game. Lightning prospect Matt Peca had the primary assist on his teamâ€™s first goal, which made it 11 straight Bobcat goals he either scored or assisted on. That streak stopped with the Bobcatsâ€™ second goal of the game. Quinnipiac advances to play Colgate starting next Friday.
Vermont Catamounts 0 @ No. 1 Boston College Eagles 4
F Matt Marshall, UVM: Did not play (injured)
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
And thatâ€™s that. Vermontâ€™s season ended with a lopsided loss to the nationâ€™s top team. Marshall (pictured), a fifth round pick of the Bolts in 2007, will graduate this spring. Where his hockey career goes from here â€“ if anywhere â€“ is up in the air. The speedy winger known for his forechecking finishes his collegiate career with five goals and 14 points in 86 games. His career at Vermont was marred by injuries and frequent scratches. He was honored at senior night last weekend by the Catamounts, but was unable to play due to recovery from surgery.
Brown Bears 0 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 3
ECAC First Round: Best of 3 series tied 1-1
F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 36 GP, 8-26-34, +2, 12 PIM
Friday night Brown came into Connecticut determined to show that just because they finished the season last in the conference didnâ€™t mean they had to lie down in the playoffs. Peca admitted to the media that his team was flat and looked tired. He did his part Saturday to remedy that as he led the team with eight shots on goal and tied for the team lead with three points as QU tied the best of three series 1-1. The Bobcats outshot the Bears 42-16. Game 3 is Sunday. Peca has now factored in on every Quinnipiac goal for the last four games â€“ 10 goals (1-9-10). According to the Quinnipiac Chronicle, Peca's 26 assists are the third most for a Quinnipiac freshman in program history, while his 34 points are good for fourth all-time.
Vermont Catamounts 1 @ No. 1 Boston College Eagles 5
F Matt Marshall, UVM: Did not play (injured)
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Vermont will play its final game of the season Saturday against No.1 Boston College. Marshall, a senior, was expected back in the lineup at some point this season, but that doesnâ€™t appear to be the case. He has played in only two games this year. Unless he is granted a medical redshirt, his collegiate career is through.
Brown Bears 4 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 1
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 7-24-31, +1, 12 PIM
Upset! Last place Brown defeated fifth-seeded Quinnipiac 4-1 in the Bobcatsâ€™ home barn on Friday to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three ECAC first round series. Peca has now assisted on Quinnipiacâ€™s last seven goals, dating back a week. Game 2 is Saturday night at Quinnipiac.