PORTLAND – Chris Jensen, Ken Hulst and Jeff Nelson scored two goals apiece as Portland beat the Springfield Falcons 7-2 Wednesday night to extend the league’s longest unbeaten streak to open a season.
Jensen scored both goals within 1:55 in the second period to spark a four-goal rally for the Pirates, who are unbeaten in 14 games this season. The old American Hockey League record was 12 games.
Portland (11-0-3) also set a season record for the fastest three goals by accomplishing the feat in a 1:31 span, also in the second period. Brian Curran broke a club record for the Pirates for most penalty minutes in a game (45 minutes) after a series of fights with Springfield’s Scott Daniels.
Portland’s rookie goalie Jim Carey had 27 saves in his AHL-leading 10th win. Rob Murray and Dale Junkin each had a goal and Nikolai Khabibulin had 35 saves for Springfield (2-9-2).