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Sound Tigers look to regroup after rough stretch

Updated 12:14 am, Tuesday, November 27, 2012
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BRIDGEPORT -- A bunch of different things have to go wrong to allow 18 goals in three games.

Bad decisions here, bad luck there, bad gap control somewhere else, bad coverage too often: They added up to three consecutive losses for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers last week after a 10-4 start.

"It seems we get off our game a little bit," defenseman Jon Landry said. "We need to play physical. We're giving a little time and space in front of the net."

With a week of practice before they play Friday in Hershey, coach Scott Pellerin said they'll treat this week as a mini-training camp.

That began Monday with an extended practice at Webster Bank Arena.

"I talked to Garth (Snow, the New York Islanders' general manager)," Pellerin said. "He said, `identify, correct and apply.' That's pretty much what it is. We want to keep it as simple as possible."

Pellerin said assistant coach Doug Holewa did some good work to analyze the team's chances for and chances against and what the team can do to tilt those chances in their favor.

"Everybody's got to point thumbs, not fingers," defenseman Aaron Ness said.

"Everybody's focused on getting it turned around," he added.

After a dominating win at Providence a week ago, Bridgeport lost 5-1 at Adirondack, came from behind to lead the Connecticut Whale late but then blew that lead and lost 7-5 Friday, and got blown out 6-1 Saturday at Adirondack.

"To be successful in this league, you've got to play a physical style," Pellerin said. "We've got to use our skating and speed in order for us to be physical. We kind of got off-track."

They allowed the first two goals in all three games and allowed a power-play goal in all three. They scored in bunches Friday but didn't generate much in the two road losses.

"We played a lot of games in a small amount of nights," Landry said. "We're starting to learn as a team we've got to be ready every single night."

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