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Updated 10:59 pm, Sunday, December 2, 2012
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BRIDGEPORT -- If Saturday night was a step forward for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Sunday was a bit of a step back.

Another slow start sent the Norfolk Admirals on their way to a 4-1 win at Webster Bank Arena, the Sound Tigers' sixth game in a row without a win. They've lost in regulation by at least two goals in five of those.

"We've gotten away from our game the last five or six games," veteran forward Colin McDonald said. "Actually, (Saturday) night I thought we played pretty well, just weren't able to find a way to win."

Saturday's shootout loss gave way to a 2-0 deficit after one period today and a 3-0 deficit before Bridgeport scored late in the second.

The team has gone from 10-4 to 10-9-0-1.

"You try to make that extra play," McDonald said, "and it's cost us, getting down early in games."

John Mitchell scored on the rebound of an odd-man rush 8:35 into the game. Defenseman Nate Guenin, who started that rush, scored off Devante Smith-Pelly's back-door pass as an Admirals power play expired.

"We've got a few costly mistakes that are kind of deflating us right now; we're easily deflated," defenseman Jon Landry said.

Brock Nelson's goal cut the Admirals' lead to 3-1 with 4:18 left, setting off the annual Teddy Bear Toss. The team donates the toys to local charities.

But an early-third-period power play left Kyle Palmieri alone at the left post to make it 4-1.

It's hard to pin Bridgeport's swoon -- in which it has been outscored 30-13, not counting Worcester's shootout bonus Saturday -- on one problem. A turnover here, a bad pinch there, a rough night on the penalty kill, and the team has found itself behind.

"It's part of sports, right? It's part of life," McDonald said. "You mentally try to do the right thing, and sometimes you try to do too much. That's where mistakes happen." Bridgeport seemed poised to get into the game early in the second period. After a trade of penalties, the Sound Tigers dominated a shift at four-on-four, with Nelson finally drawing a hooking penalty to make it a four-on-three Bridgeport power play.

But 20 seconds later, Nino Niederreiter was called for boarding on a hit on Mat Clark behind the Norfolk goal. On the ensuing, unusual three-on-three situation, defenseman Jordan Hendry spun away from Landry, took the puck to the net and got credit when the puck went off Landry and into the net, making it 3-1.

The Sound Tigers met a little longer than usual after the game. They had a hard week of practice to try to reestablish their foundation, then earned just one of six points this weekend.

"We've got to start thinking about Hartford (Wednesday) now," McDonald said. "We've got to practice Tuesday and get to work."

mfornabaio@ctpost.com; http://twitter.com/fornabaioctp; http://blog.connpost.com/fornabaio

3 stars

1. NATE GUENIN, NORFOLK: Defenseman started the rush that led to one goal, scored another.

2. FREDERIK ANDERSEN, NORFOLK: Goalie made 32 saves, kept it an easy win.

3. DEVANTE SMITH-PELLY, NORFOLK: Involved early, set up Guenin's goal.

UP NEXT: Wednesday at Connecticut Whale, 7 p.m.

-- MICHAEL FORNABAIO

Norfolk 2 1 1 -- 4

Bridgeport 0 1 0 -- 1

First Period -- 1, Norfolk, Mitchell 6 (McMillan, Guenin), 8:35. 2, Norfolk, Guenin 2 (Smith-Pelly, Wagner), 17:40. Penalties -- Smith-Pelly, Nor (holding stick), 4:12; Landry, Bpt (hooking), 4:12; McIver, Bpt (hooking), 15:38; McMillan, Nor (unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:12; Cantin, Bpt (unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:12.

Second Period -- 3, Norfolk, Hendry 1 (Vatanen, Holland), 6:55. 4, Bridgeport, Nelson 9 (McDonald), 15:42. Penalties -- Nelson, Bpt (hooking), :51; McIver, Bpt (holding), 5:33; Palmieri, Nor (interference), 5:40; Guentzel, Nor (hooking), 6:19; Niederreiter, Bpt (boarding), 6:39; Gallant, Bpt (cross-checking), 10:54; Vatanen, Nor (hooking), 11:11.

Third Period -- 5, Norfolk, Palmieri 8 (Maroon, Holland), 1:19 (pp). Penalties -- Cizikas, Bpt (charging), :41; Holland, Nor (cross-checking), 4:29; Backman, Bpt (cross-checking), 7:21; Landry, Bpt (delay of game), 8:23; Schaus, Nor (tripping), 12:37; Hendry, Nor (unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:45; Vatanen, Nor (roughing), 14:45; Cizikas, Bpt (roughing), 14:45.

Shots on goal -- Norfolk 13-12-7--32. Bridgeport 6-15-12--33.

Power play opportunities -- Norfolk 1 of 8, Bridgeport 0 of 6.

Goaltenders -- Norfolk, Andersen 6-5-0 (33 shots-32 saves). Bridgeport, Nilsson 4-3-0 (32-28).

Attendance -- 3,104. Referees -- J.Hebert, Hersey. Linesmen -- Baker, Redding.

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