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PORTLAND ADVANCES IN AHL PLAYOFFS

by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
HARTFORD, CT – Paul Byron scored twice and added an assist to lead the Portland Pirates to a 6-4 win over the Connecticut Whale in Game 6 of their Atlantic Division Semifinal Series played tonight in front of 4,514 at the XL Center.

           
The Pirates won the best-of-seven series 4-2 and advance to the Atlantic Division Final to face the Binghamton Senators, who defeated the Manchester Monarchs 6-5 in overtime in Game 7 of their series tonight.
           
Mark Parrish added a goal and two assists in the Pirates' win while Mark Mancari supplied a goal and an assist. Corey Tropp rounded out the scoring.
           
Jeremy Williams, Dale Weise, Carl Hagelin and Chad Kolarik scored for the Whale.

The Whale used the power play for the first two goals of the game as Williams and Weise connected on the man advantage to give Connecticut a 2-0 lead after one. The Pirates jumped out quickly in the second as they scored three times (Byron, Parrish and Mancari) in the opening nine-and-a-half minutes to grab a 3-2 lead. Hagelin tied it just over a minute after the Pirates surged ahead but Biega netted the go-ahead goal in the final three minutes of the second to give  Portland a 4-3 lead heading into the third. Byron, with the eventual game winner, and Tropp built the Pirates lead to 6-3 before Kolarki completed the scoring with a last minute power-play goal.

The Whale out shot the Pirates 34-30 in the game as David Leggio posted the victory.

The Allied Home Mortgage Three Stars of the Game were 1. Byron, 2. Parrish and 3. Connecticut defenseman Wade Redden (two assists).
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