By: Olivia Gerling
The Missouri hockey team held onto their lead to beat Iowa 4-3 Friday night.
Heading into the game, the Missouri Tigers had six wins and 14 losses, while their opponents had a slightly better 11-8 record. Missouri was looking for a win after their previous game ended in a 3-0 defeat.
The Tigers struck first Friday night at Washington Park Ice Arena. Mizzou’s Brendan Wilson scored the first point of the game at the halfway mark in the first period.
Despite a score early, Mizzou’s big moment would not come until the end of the second period. Charlie Sweeney raised Mizzou’s lead to two. Then, with only 48 seconds left in the second period, Matthew Baker vaulted the Tigers to a three-goal lead.
A fourth score, this time by Matt Royer, in the third period would prove to be the winning factor for the team. Iowa was able to score three goals in the third period, the final two occurring within the last five minutes. With 27 seconds left, Will Unterseher had the goal for Iowa, but Mizzou held onto their lead for the win.
The Tigers are now 7-14-0-2 on the season. They play their next game at home against Iowa on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 4:30pm.