HARTFORD, Conn. — Wade Megan and Brett Olson scored in a 14-second span of the second period and Mike McKenna made 43 saves as the Portland Pirates solidified their playoff position with a 4-1 win Saturday night over the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Megan finished with two goals as the Pirates opened a four-point edge over Hartford for the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot with seven games remaining.

Defenseman Brent Regner put the Pirates (36-25-5-2) on top with an unassisted goal just 21 seconds into the game.

McKenna protected the lead by stopping 17 shots in the first period and 15 in the second. Portland finally opened some breathing room late in the second period on goals by Megan and Olson.

Daniel Paille got the Wolf Pack (37-29-3-0) on the board early in the third, but Megan’s empty-net goal in the final minute clinched the win.