Lightning 3rd rounder Chris Lawrence
had a goal and an assist in his first game as a Mississauge Ice Dog Thursday night, helping the Ice Dogs to a dramatic 5-4 overtime win over Toronto.
Lawrence was traded from Sault Ste. Marie on Monday after failing to live up to heavy expectations placed on him since he was the sixth overall pick in the 2003 OHL Priority Draft. He had just three goals in 29 games for the Soo so far this year.
The 6-4 winger started the game on the top line with Jordan Owens and Cody Bass. With Mississauga down 4-0 to start the third, it was Lawrence's power play goal just over three minutes into the period that started a ferocious comeback. The Ice Dogs scored four third period goals, the last coming shorthanded with 25 seconds left in the game. Lawrence had the primary assist on the tying goal, scored by defenseman David Pszenyczny. It was the undrafted Pszenyczny that scored the winner - also shorthanded - 55 seconds into overtime.
Mississauga outshot Toronto 55-30.
In other OHL action Thursday, Radek Smolenak
had an assist for Kingston in a 6-3 loss to Brampton.