DURHAM, N.C., JULY 24 -- The West ice hockey team, which had gone seven periods without scoring, came up with nine goals in the final two periods today to beat the East, 9-2, in the U.S. Olympic Festival at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Mike deCarle and Wally Chapman both had hat tricks. Clark Donatelli added two goals and Corey Millen had three assists.

The game was tied, 2-2, in the second period when the West scored its Festival-record seven straight goals.

"After a start like we had {the longest scoring drought in Festival history}," Chapman said, "you can either throw it all in or you can come back and show the coaches what you've got. You've got to stay positive."

Despite the bad start, the West has a chance to play for the gold medal. If the South beats the North tonight, the West would be in Sunday's gold medal match against the North. But if the South loses, its 1-2 record would match that of the West and East. The complex tie-breaking criteria rewards goal output, so the West's big win today could put the team in the gold medal game.

Seven minutes into the second half of the South-West men's soccer game Wednesday, Scott Cook of Bethesda went in as a substitute for the South. Five seconds later, he headed the ball into the goal. Two minutes went by and he was again in front of the goal, and sent in a perfectly placed pass from the corner. But his teammates couldn't connect and the game ended in a 2-2 tie.

The South will face the North team Saturday at 9 p.m. at Duke University.

"To use Scott's ability most completely, we put him in to change the pace of the game, particularly when the opponents are weary," said South Coach Mark Berson, also Cook's coach at the University of South Carolina. "Scott's specialty is his tremendous burst of speed and his ability to get behind the defense. That's a unique quality because all of the boys are quick, strong and capable of being fast, but Scott is exceptionally quick."

Cook, a high school all-America from Woodward, scored both South goals in a 2-0 victory over the North for the bronze medal in last year's Festival at Houston.

"To tell you the truth, I was naive about a lot of different stuff when I first went to college," said Cook, 22. After a semester at the University of Connecticut, Cook sat out a semester, then transferred to South Carolina. "College wasn't what I expected it to be; it was a real eye-opener. I came home and reevaluated things and I became a Christian. I realized that growing up in {Montgomery} County, being a celebrity figure and everything, I put myself on a pedestal. And I was really humbled by the situation in college."

After getting a marketing degree next year, he is uncertain about the future, but intends to go to a seminary in five or six years.

Rod Woodson expects to be running the 110-meter hurdles Sunday in Duke's Wallace Wade Stadium. But the 10th pick in the NFL draft from Purdue also is expected to be at the Pittsburgh Steelers camp on Sunday.

Woodson is the four-time Big Ten champion in the hurdles with a personal best of 13.29 (Renaldo Nehemiah set the world record at 12.93 in Zurich in 1981).

"Football is my first choice," said Woodson. "I'd love to be there Sunday. The earlier I get there, the better advantage I have. But it's not up to me, it's up to my attorneys."