By Steve Silver
Las Vegas Sun
In the first game of the Pacific Division finals Mick Lawrence transformed into a broadcaster as he donned a headset in the radio booth after Las Vegas coach and general manager Glen Gulutzan scratched him from the lineup.
In game No. 2, Lawrence became a fan as he wore a suit in the Orleans Arena stands after another benching from Gulutzan.
But Saturday night Lawrence turned into a hero as he ripped a slap shot past Stockton goalie Parker Van Buskirk just 28 seconds into overtime to capture the Wranglers’ thrilling 3-2 come-from-behind victory in front of 6,596 fans at Stockton Arena.
The series is now tied 2-2 with the Wranglers hosting the final three games at the Orleans Arena starting Monday night with game 5.
“It feels great,” Lawrence said. “Not being in the lineup was not too huge of a matter. We had a couple players come down from the AHL and I was just the easy guy to sit out. The boys were playing well and it’s hard to take someone out when they are rolling…Obviously I’m going to do everything I can do to prove that I deserve to be in there and it paid off tonight.”