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Bolts Sign D Mathieu Roy for Remainder of Season

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Mathieu Roy (WAH) to a NHL contract for the remaining games of the 2012-13 season today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Roy, 6-foot-2, 214 pounds, played in 51 games with the Hamburg Freezers of the German Elite League this season, recording eight goals and 26 points. He led all Freezers defensemen for goals and was tied for the lead for points. Roy also had a plus-10 rating. He also played in six playoff games, recording five assists, tied for the most on the team during the postseason.

A native of St. Georges, Quebec, Roy has played in 65 career NHL games with the Lightning, Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers. He has amassed two career goals and 13 points. Roy played in four games with Tampa Bay during the 2010-11 season, also playing in 45 games with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL under current Lightning head coach Jon Cooper. Roy made his NHL debut with Edmonton during the 2005-06 season.

Roy was selected by Edmonton in the seventh round, 215th overall, of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

NA Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4-22-13

Ontario Hockey League

(E1)Belleville Bulls 4 @ (E2)Barrie Colts 5 (OT)
Barrie leads Best-of-7 Eastern Conference Finals, 2-1

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
Playoff totals: 11 GP, 1-4-5, +7, 21 PIM
Season totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
With Barrie: 28 GP, 2-6-8, -1, 42 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Bolt prospect Jake Dotchin scored his first career playoff goal, helping his Colts to a 5-4 overtime win and a 2-1 series lead over Belleville. Dotchin’s goal was scored in the second period and gave the Colts a 3-2 lead. Bruins first rounder Malcolm Subban stopped 43 of 48 shots for the overtime loss. It was another Bruins prospect, Anthony Camara, who scored the game winner for Barrie against Subban. Game 4 is Wednesday.

NA Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4-21-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

(8)Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4 @ (1)Halifax Mooseheads 5 (OT)
Halifax leads Best-of-7 Semifinals, 2-0

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Playoff totals: 12 GP, 9-11-20, +10, 10 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 29-34-63, +17, 14 PIM
With R-N: 27 GP, 26-27-53, +18, 12 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Halifax got an overtime goal from Matthew Frk (Red Wings) to give the Mooseheads the win and a 2-0 lead in their QMJHL semifinal series against Nikita Kucherov and Rouyn-Noranda. Halifax not only kept Kucherov, who came into the game with five goals in his last two games, without a point, but without a shot. Elite 2013 prospects Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Druin both had one goal and four points apiece. Game 3 is Tuesday in Rouyn-Noranda.

AHL Playoff Schedule Announced

The AHL has announced the schedule for the opening round, best-of-five series in the AHL playoffs. Syracuse, as the 3 seed, will be squaring off with the Portland Pirates, which are the 6 seed. The series will begin Saturday night in Syracuse and proceed under a 2-2-1 format as follows:

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – Series “C” (best-of-5)
3-Syracuse Crunch vs. 6-Portland Pirates

Game 1 – Sat., Apr. 27 – Portland at Syracuse, 7:30
Game 2 – Sun., Apr. 28 – Portland at Syracuse, 7:30
Game 3 – Thurs., May 2 – Syracuse at Portland, 7:00
*Game 4 – Fri., May 3 – Syracuse at Portland, 7:00
*Game 5 – Sun., May 5 – Portland at Syracuse, 7:30

Syracuse will be required to submit their playoff roster to the AHL by 3 pm on Monday. Several players currently with the Tampa Bay Lightning may be on that roster including Alex Killorn, Richard Panik, Radko Gudas, Dana Tyrell, Keith Aulie, and/or Pierre-Cedric Labrie. The Lightning's final regular season game is on Saturday night against the Florida Panthers.

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