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Wood: Park set to begin a goal rush.

CANADIAN defenceman Dustin Wood has backed CPP Coventry Blaze team-mate Woo-Sang Park to finish the season on a high after ending his goal drought.

Park netted his first goal in 20 games, dating back to December 28, as Blaze completed a four-point weekend in the Rapid Solicitors Elite League with a 5-3 victory over Nottingham Panthers at the Skydome on Sunday.

Wood, who recommended the South Korea international to coach Paul Thompson having played together for Anyang Halla in the Asian League, believes the goal will have done Park's confidence the world of good.

He said: "Woo-Sang has been a bit quiet recently but it has been a real eye-opener for him, playing out of Asia. You have ups and downs and you can blow hot and cold, that happens in hockey.

"But it was a big goal for him and the club and hopefully it will get him going again and he can build from it.

"I am happy for him and it will have been good for his confidence. Sometimes a goal like that is all it takes to turn a player around."

Russell Cowley admits Blaze's four-point weekend was "a huge confidencebooster".

Cowley said: "The weekend was a confidence-booster for us. But it was not as if we had been playing terrible hockey. We had just been making mistakes at the wrong times which were costing us. But we had a good week of practice, we identified a few key areas we wanted to improve in and it paid off. It was a huge four points for us."

Cowley picked up an assist on Park's goal against Panthers, taking his tally to 300 points in all Elite League competitions.

The Great Britain international added: "It is always nice to reach a milestone like that."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Mar 7, 2012
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