Lazarus, Norton help resurrect Mercyhurst, earn a 3-2 upset victory of No. 20 Arizona State on opening night

Mercyhurst men's hockey, March 8, 2019. Photo by Ed Mailliard. (Ed Mailliard)
Mercyhurst senior Jonny Lazarus scored the tying goal late in regulation before teammate Owen Norton scored the game-winner in the closing seconds of regulation for Mercyhurst on Saturday (Photo: Mercyhurst Athletics/Ed Mailliard)

Trailing, 2-1, late in the third period, Mercyhurst was risen from the dead by Lazarus.

Senior Jonny Lazarus tied the game with 2:29 remaining before defenseman Owen Norton buried the game-winning goal with just 18.4 seconds left in regulation to give Mercyhurst the upset victory, 3-2, over No. 20 Arizona State.

Nothing about the victory was easy for the Lakers, particularly late. Even after Lazarus tied the game, the Lakers had to kill a late penalty during which the Sun Devils generated multiple grade ‘A’ chances.

“They took it to us big time in the second period, spending way too much time in our own end of the ice defending,” said Mercyhurst coach Rick Gotkin. “We were better in the third than the second. When they scored [to take a 2-1 lead] it would’ve been easy to fold the tents, but we score a power play goal to tie it and a defenseman finds a way to bang a puck home to win it.”

Mercyhurst opened the scoring at 6:09 of the first on a James Anderson tally. Just 2:38 later, though, the Sun Devils evened things on Willie Knierim’s marker.

After a scoreless second, Brinson Paschnuk finished off a feed from Johnny Walker with 11:14 remaining giving the ASU faithful hopes of pulling out the victory. That was before the heroics of Lazarus and Norton late powered the Lakers to the upset victory.

Garrett Metcalf earned the win for Mercyhurst making 33 saves.

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