SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Dakota Mermis scored 29 seconds into overtime to lift the Springfield Falcons to a 3-2 win over the Portland Pirates on Saturday night at the MassMutual Center.

The Falcons opened the scoring 7:28 into the game on a power-play goal by Christian Fischer, but Portland responded with a pair of goals in the second period to pull ahead.

Wade Megan scored the equalizer 3:36 into the period while the Pirates were short-handed. It was the seventh short-handed goal of the season for Megan.

MacKenzie Weegar got the go-ahead goal with 9:14 left in the second, but Springfield tied the game on a power-play goal by Fischer 9:46 into the third.

Portland goalie Sam Brittain finished with 24 saves. Adin Hill stopped 27 shots for the Falcons.

With Bridgeport’s 3-0 loss to Albany, Portland moved one point ahead of the Sound Tigers for fourth place in the Atlantic Division. If the Pirates get at least one point in their regular-season finale Sunday, they’ll clinch fourth place and set up a first-round playoff matchup against the division champion Hershey Bears.