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February 20. 2013 3:55AM
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. --- Chad Kolarik hasn't even set foot in Wilkes-Barre as a member of the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins, but he finds himself representing the team at the American Hockey League's All-Star Classic.

Acquired in a trade last week that sent Benn Ferriero to the New York Rangers, Kolarik was already named an All-Star while playing for the Connecticut Whale, the affiliate of the Rangers.

Kolarik found himself in the first event of the night, the puck control relay and lost out to Lake Erie's Andrew Agozzino in the anchor leg of the second heat.

In the Breakaway Relay, the final event, Kolarik scored on his attempt against Abbotsford Heat goaltender Barry Brust.

But it was not enough as the Western Conference rallied to defeat the Eastern Conference 12-11 in the Skills Competition.

Kolarik, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, hasn't had any ill effects at all this season.

It feels fine, a little sore after a three-in-three weekend, but other than that I have had no problems with it, he said.

On adjusting to his new team and the new system, Kolarik admitted that the systems run by the Penguins as opposed to the ones in Connecticut are different and that it will take some getting used to.

The AHL All-Star game is tonight at 7. The game format will feature the Eastern Conference against the Western Conference.

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