Cowley hails Blaze performance

Russell Cowley believes Coventry Blaze have rediscovered their identity.

Blaze bounced back from Friday’s heartbreaking 3-2 defeat at Sheffield Steelers by beating Cardiff Devils 4-1 at the Skydome.

Goals from Neil Trimm, Drew Fisher and Carl Lauzon put Blaze 3-0 up, before Joey Haddad pulled a goal back. Cowley then claimed his 100th Elite League goal with an empty-net marker with 43 seconds remaining.

He said: “In these last two games we have got back to our identity. On Friday I thought we were unlucky not to come out with two points. But we need to bring that every night.

“We have put our work boots on. It has been a very similar environment to last year when we struggled at the start before things came together.

“We have been working hard but we have not been working smart. We are working for each other and now we need to try and string a few wins together.”

Coowley’s goal saw him move above Luke Fulghum into fourth place in the all-time club scorers list. He admitted he was delighted to score his 100th league goal for Blaze.

“As you get older you appreciate that things don’t come along very often, like winning the play-off trophy last year,” Cowley said.

“I have played the majority of the last four seasons on the back end, but it is always nice to get a milestone – in fact I had forgotten all about it!”

Head Coach Chuck Weber was full of praise for Cowley, with the 32-year-old in his 14th season with the club.

He said: “Russell is the ultimate professional and the epitome of the word sacrifice. He does anything and everything for this organisation.

“That is why he has always had a spot on the team and will always have a spot on the team until the day he decides he won’t be here any more.”

(Image permission: Scott Wiggins)

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