Sheboygan’s Red Raiders hockey team was down early.
Not out, though. Andrew Bryce, Ian McKinch and Jacob Welsch all scored goals and the multiple-school co-op team produced enough derring-do on offense to escape at home Tuesday with a 5-4 comeback win in double overtime against Hamilton Co-op in a first-round WIAA playoff game.
“We really didn’t come out to play,” Sheboygan coach Keith Bartholomaus said. “We had some bad turnovers and they were capitalizing. We dug ourselves a pretty deep hole.”
Hamilton — also called Germantown — cruised out to a 3-0 lead by late in the first period, when a shorthanded goal by Andrew Bryce finally put Sheboygan (15-10) on the board with about nine seconds left in the period. Cole Karczewski and McKinch had the assist.
Sheboygan fell behind 4-1 in the second period, but rallied after that. McKinch scored another shorthanded goal off a Karczewski assist in the second period, and McKinch got his second goal of the day in the third period off assists by Bryce and Jeff Hicks.
Welsch tied the game on a powerplay shot with about 4:18 left in regulation. Karczewski and Hicks got credit for the assist.
Bryce finished with the game-winner in the second overtime period.
“We showed some resolve,” Bartholomaus said, noting the team was lucky giving up the big lead early in the game, leaving plenty of time to mount a comeback.
“We believed in what we could do.”
Seventh-seeded Sheboygan travels to No. 2 University School of Milwaukee in a second-round game this Friday. The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.