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PORTLAND, Maine -- The Adirondack Phantoms gave up three third-period goals on their way to a franchise-record eighth consecutive loss, a 5-2 defeat to the Portland Pirates in front of a crowd of 6,783 at the Portland Ice Arena.

The Phantoms trailed 2-1 heading into the third period, but gave up two goals in the first 5:17, including one shorthanded, to fall behind 4-1. Denis Hamel's first goal with the Phantoms briefly cut it to 4-2 9:33 into the period, but Portland added an insurance goal 2:25 later.

Johan Backlund allowed five goals on 19 shots. The Phantoms outshot Portland 30-19.

The losing streak surpasses the franchise record of six. The Philadelphia Phantoms lost six in a row three times in their history, and last year's Adirondack team also lost six in a row.

The eight-game losing streak also ties a record for an Adirondack AHL team. The Red Wings lost eight in a row in the '93-'94 and '95-'96 seasons.

The Phantoms (2-9-1-0) haven't registered a point in seven games, since an overtime loss to Albany on Oct. 16. They haven't won since beating Syracuse 3-2 on Oct. 15. Their five points are the fewest in the American Hockey League.

David Laliberte's second goal of the season, a power-play tally, tied the game at 1 in the first period. Joonas Lehtivuori and Erik Gustafsson assisted. Gustafsson had two assists.

The Phantoms had plenty of chances to go ahead in the second, outshooting Portland 13-5. But it was Portland, who jumped ahead, getting a goal from David McCauley.

Portland rookie Luke Adam scored his league-leading 10th goal.

Hamel's goal, on a breakaway sparked by Marc-Andre Bourdon, was his 291st in the AHL. He's the league's fifth-leading scorer among active players.

Adirondack (2-9-1-0) 1 0 1 - 2

Portland (10-3-0-0) 1 1 3 - 5

First Period - 1, Portland, Persson 1 (Parrish, Ellis), 15:47; 2, Adirondack, Laliberte 2 (Gustafsson, Lehtivuori), 17:00 (PP). Penalties - Testwuide, Adk (goaltender interference), 8:01; Laliberte, Adk (hooking), 11:31; Tropp, Por (high-sticking), 12:11; Tropp, Por (roughing), 16:47; Rinaldo, Adk (interference), 18:01.

Second Period - 3, Portland, McCauley 3 (Tropp, Roloff), 6:03. Penalties - Rinaldo, Adk (fighting), 9:13; Byron, Por (cross-checking, fighting), 9:13; Legein, Adk (unsportsmanlike conduct), 10:55.

Third Period - 4, Portland, Adam 10 (Ellis, Mancari), 2:07 (PP); 5, Portland, Ellis 3 (Roloff), 5:17 (SH); 6, Adirondack, Hamel 1 (Bourdon, Gustafsson), 9:33; 7, Portland, Parrish 4 (Crawford, Byron), 11:58. Penalties - Legein Adk (hooking), 1:19; Testwuide, Adk (delay of game), 1:38; served by Tropp, Por (bench minor-too many men), 3:52; Clackson, Adk (cross-checking, unsportsmanlike conduct), 6:53; Byron Por (interference), 6:53; Gragnani, Por (tripping), 15:08; Schiestel Por (tripping), 19:11.

Shots on goal - Adirondack 7-13-10-30; Portland 6-5-8-19.

Power-play opportunities - Adirondack 1 / 6; Portland 1 / 7.

Goalies - Adirondack, Backlund 2-8-0 (19 shots-14 saves). Portland, Leggio 6-0-0 (30 shots-28 saves).

Referee - Binda. A - 6,783.

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