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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Whale all over Pirates, ties series at 2

Mats Zuccarello and Chad Kolarik each had a goal and an assist to lead the Connecticut Whale to a 3-1 win over the Portland Pirates in Game 4 of the their best-of-seven Atlantic Division Semifinal Series played tonight at the XL Center.

The series is now tied at 2-2.

John Mitchell netted the other Whale goal.
Mark Voakes scored the lone Pirates goal.

Kolarik, playing in his first game of the series after missing the first three due to an injury suffered in the regular season, gave the Whale a 1-0 lead after one when he connected on a five-on-three power play in the later stages of the opening period. Mitchell netted the lone goal of the second period to send the Whale into the third with a 2-0 advantage. Zuccarello, in his first game of the season after being returned from the New York Rangers, lifted the Whale into a 3-0 lead before Voakes got the Pirates on the board to complete the scoring.

The Whale out shot the Pirates 30-20 in the game as David Leggio took the loss.

The Allied Home Mortgage Three Stars of the Game were all from the Whale. Kolarik was the first, Zuccarello the second and Wade Redden the third.

Game 5 of the best-of-seven series will take place Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center. The first 2,000 fans into the game will receive thundersticks courtesy of Time Warner Cable. Plus, bring a non-winning Maine State Lottery ticket to the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office either in advance or on the day of the game and receive a FREE Pirates playoff ticket with the purchase of a ticket of equal or greater value. Get your tickets at the Civic Center Box Office, by calling (207) 775-3458 or at


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