Ending on a high note: Missouri beats Missouri State 19-5

Looking much like the championship team of 2004, the Tigers scored early and often Saturday, Nov. 6 against the Bears of Missouri State. Tigers carried over the momentum from the three-win day two weeks ago.

Zach Nisson, center, is congratulated by Josh Nelson (33) and Sam Gaynes (21) after Nisson's score in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers were hungry to win this final game of Fall Ball, having lost to the Bears in their last two meetings.

“We executed well today, particularly in our transition game. It was good to end the fall season on a high note and prove to ourselves that if we take care of the details and stay focused on our fundamentals, we can come out ahead,” Coach Keith Euker said of the game.

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Zach Nisson is treated for a cut near his left eye.

Zach Nisson finished the day with nine points — and a couple of stitches. In the second half Nisson received a cut near his left eye but cleaned up and went back into the game to continue his scoring drive.  He led the team in scoring with four goals and five assists.

Face-off specialist James Stannard won 62 percent of the face-offs.

Other scoring stats:
Adams: 1 goal, 5 assists
Gaynes: 3 goals
Young: 2 goals
Reilly: 2 goals
Hartmann: 2 goals
Kaufman: 1 goal, 1 assist
Leonard: 1 goal
Nelson: 1 goal
Plewes: 1 goal
Stannard: 1 assist

More than 125 fans were on hand for the game, played under warm, sunny skies on Stankowski Field. The Tigers are appreciative of the parents and friends who came out to cheer them on.

The teams are scheduled to meet again on Friday, March 18, 2011 at Stankowski.

More photos HERE.