Mizzou gets two important wins in conference play

Zach Nisson watches as his shot hits nothing but net against Miami.

Fighting off illness, injuries, end-of-semester stress and end-of-season fatigue, the Missouri Tigers put together two important victories this weekend at Lindenwood’s Hunter stadium.

The team won two conference games, beating Miami (Ohio) 11-9 Friday night and Indiana 13-7 Saturday night.

Many of the team’s players have been sick and some fatigue and lack of endurance showed in Friday night’s 9 p.m. game against Miami.  The Tigers worked hard in the first two quarters to build a 10-3 halftime lead. The offense stalled in the second half, allowing Miami to turn the momentum their way. The defense  clamped down in the fourth quarter and were able to hold back the Redhawks.

Saturday, the players were more rested and put together four solid quarters. The Hoosiers significantly slowed the pace in the first half, with the Tigers leading 3-2 after the first quarter. Missouri was able to score consistently in each quarter, never letting Indiana build significant momentum.

Against Miami Zach Nisson scores three goals and had two assists, leading all scorers with five points. Gerry Leonard scored four goals, Walter Reilly scored one goal and two assists. Matt Vollmer added two goals and Clayton Melrose scored one. Tim Adams and Nick Schatteman each had an assist. Face off specialists James Stannard won 58 percent (15 of 24) and goalie Sean Hogarty had 13 saves.

In the Indiana game Vollmer led all scores with six goals and no assists. Reilly scored four points from one goal and three assists. Nisson and Leonard both scored two goals and one assist. Adams and Nick Hartman scored a goal each and Alex Domino, Sam Gaynes and Tyler Garvin each had an assist.  Stannard won 15 of 24 face offs for 63 percent. Hogarty had 13 saves.

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