By Dave Boehler
Beacon sports editor
The offense returned for the Sheboygan co-op hockey team.
The Red Raiders defeated Appleton, 5-1, on Saturday by scoring their second-most goals of the season.
They had a total of just four goals in their previous four games and were shut out in the last two before they erupted for four third-period tallies in Appleton to improve to 8-10-1.
“The boys worked really hard last week in practice,” Sheboygan coach Joe Reinhardt said. “They are now getting accustomed to our systems and are passing the puck as a team.”
The score was tied, 1-1, when Sheboygan scored four times in a span of 9 minutes 59 seconds in the third.
It started when Aaron Korpi’s goal, assisted by Luke McKinch, gave the team a 2-1 lead at the 6:32 mark.
Kyle Kraus added another goal thanks to an assist by Bennet Dale, just 21 seconds after that.
Dale then scored on assists by Tyler Sunagel and Colin Kurtz, before McKinch’s power-play goal was assisted by Blake Allen and Kurtz with 29 seconds left in the game.
“It was a great team effort along with being very disciplined, having only one penalty the entire game,” Reinhardt said. “Senior goalie Colin Fessler had 30 saves to secure the victory, along with a great defensive effort.”
Sheboygan took a 1-0 lead in the second period on a power-play goal by Caleb Gauthier, assisted by Dale, but Appleton tied the score just 32 seconds later.