Sens rookies double up on Panthers
Lawrence nets pair, Elliott solid in tournament opener in Kitchener
Shawn Weller, who added two assists, and Ilya Zubov also scored for the Senators.
Weller batted home the rebound of a Peter Regin shot to make it 1-1 after the Panthers opening the scoring. Later in the period, Zubov wired a slap shot past Florida netminder Tyler Plante to put Ottawa ahead to say.
Lawrence, who attended Sens rookie camp this week on an amateur tryout, boosted the Ottawa lead to 3-1 at the 5:50 mark of the second period, converting a 2-on-1 with Regin. The Nebraska-Omaha grad added the insurance goal late in the third after Shawn Matthias scored for Florida. Both goals were power-play efforts.
Brian Elliott turned aside 23 shots for the Sens, who were outshot 29-25.
The Senators next face the Toronto Maple Leafs prospects on Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium before wrapping up the tournament against the Pittsburgh Penguins rookies on Monday at 2 p.m.