BRIDGEPORT -- You win your first game in a while. You get on the bus for four hours. You lose on a bad break in overtime. You get back on the bus for 12 hours. You split two hard-fought, overtime games.
And you get back on the bus to come home. That's the last week and a half for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, who'd struggled through the previous few weeks but seem to have something going now.
"I think it's a turning point," defenseman Jon Landry said. "We've battled back, like we were playing the first couple of weeks. We're finding our rhythm."
The Sound Tigers have earned six points in the standings in the past four games after picking up only one in their previous eight games. They return home Wednesday night to face Albany, the last team to beat them in regulation.
They come home after a tour of the Eastern seaboard, Maine to Virginia, perhaps bonded even more tightly after their first extended road trip.
And it sounds as if they come home feeling more like the team that went 10-4 to start than the team that struggled through the next few weeks.
"We're just playing a little more solid type of game," forward Matt Watkins said. "Chances against, we're not giving up as freely. We still have to clean up some things," getting a little more consistent in all three zones.
"We're just playing a more well-rounded game," Landry said. "Little bounces don't go our way, they're not affecting us. We're fighting through those tough points in the game."
They were the two leading scorers in the ECHL as linemates with the Colorado Eagles, where they played with Landry last year. In 27 games this season, Costello had 14 goals and 35 assists; Combs had 19 goals and 23 assists.
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