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Lightning Sign F Alex Killorn and G Sebastien Caron

TAMPA BAY – 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 nation’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.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3-18-12

QMJHL

Victoriaville Tigres 4 @ Rimouski Oceanic 0

D Daniel Milan, VIC: 0-0-0 E, 4 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 62 GP, 2-9-11, -16, 73 PIM
With Victoriaville: 29 GP, 2-4-6, -3, 42 PIM
With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM

The Tigres closed out their season with a 4-0 win in Rimouski, thanks to Yanni Gourde’s two goals. Gourde (undrafted), won the league scoring title with 124 points, 23 points ahead of the next highest player. Former Lightning camper Brandon Hynes finished tied for sixth with Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier at 86 points. Milan (pictured) beat his previous career high for plus/minus, which was -26.

ECHL Game Night: 3-18-12

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.

AHL Game Day: 3-18-12 Admirals at Checkers

The record goes down, and it goes down hard.

NOR-5
CHA-0

Jaroslav Janus stopped all 20 shots he faced for his 10th consecutive victory. It's also his first shutout of the season, and he pushes his save percentage up to .909 for the year.

First Period
NOR Conacher, (33) (Kostka), 11:25
NOR Johnson, (27) (Palat, Panik), 17:14

Second Period
NOR Hutchings, (2) , 5:38

Third Period
NOR Panik, (18) , 6:53
NOR Conacher, (34) (Panik, Johnson), 8:07 (PP)

Cory Conacher, Richard Panik, and Janus were the game's three stars.

Conacher scored on a fortuitous bounce that went through Justin Peters for the game opening goal and then a shot from the right wing circle on the power play on a busted play that was supposed to go into the slot. The most impressive play of the day to me, though, was when he picked up 196 pound defenseman Michal Jordan and threw him to the ice like a piece of garbage during a goal mouth scrum.

You're going to see Panik's breakaway goal on youtube. The Panik attack came in the form of a deke to the right where he came back through his legs and roofed it going top shelf to his left. So much skill there for a guy who is also so strong on his skates. He had a 3 point night tonight to put him at 18 goals and 37 points in 54 games. To put that in perspective, Carter Ashton had 19 goals and 35 points in 56 games before he left the Admirals. The two are now tied for 15th in rookie scoring in the league, and the emergence of Panik and Tyler Johnson, who set an Admirals goal scoring streak record tonight, is what made Ashton expendable, to a degree.

So, the Admirals now own the all-time AHL record for a single-season winning streak at 18 games. They also tied the mark set by Syracuse a few years back of 18 wins that they spread over 2 years winning 15 to end one season and 3 to start the next. Norfolk can break that record, too, with a win against Albany on Friday. That's the last bit of streak business that's left to take care of before they need to divert their attention to locking down their division and the conference, and getting into the playoffs healthy and ready to smoke through the early rounds quickly.

I'll have a separate story up later on the streak from the perspective of Bolt Prospects and the Lightning organization sometime within the next day or two. Suffice it to say, there's a reason why we have spent the past 6-1/2 years or so doing the website, and days like this validate the effort.

With St. John's losing to Manchester today, Norfolk opened up a 10 point lead in the conference with the IceCaps holding 3 games in hand. So, Norfolk now controls its destiny in the conference with a key weekend set against St. John's still on the schedule. Norfolk also maintained a 10 point edge on the Pens in the division, with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton holding a game in hand. Remember, the AHL reduced its regular season schedule to 76 games starting this year, down from 80 in order to reduce heavy scheduling and promote better player health. So, Norfolk has just 10 games left on their schedule before the postseason, so the magic numbers are going to come up really quickly now for clinching. Norfolk's remaining games are against: Albany (3 games), Binghamton (3 games), St. John's (2 games), Adirondack (1 game), and Wilkes/Barre-Scranton (1 game). So only 3 of Norfolk's remaining contests are against teams that would make the playoffs if the season ended today. Advantage: Admirals.

Oh, and all 5 goals today came from rookies. If Jon Cooper's not the AHL Coach of the Year this year, then obviously the award is trash.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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