Jokerit loses 1: 2 to overtime against a strong playing team of Dinamo Riga.

After the 1:3 home defeat by Riga against Spartak Moscow was today Jokerit Helsinki in the Latvian capital. The guests are in the Western Conference Leader, Riga, four points behind rank 5.

Jokerit had the first power play in a matter of seconds, and O’Neill has a good shot at the lead. A few minutes later, Riga also came to a payoff game, because Darzins forgives his opportunity. After a bad pass from the Jokerit back line, the puck came straight to Zile, who took over immediately, goalie Kalnins fended off. Jokerit was now trying to play their game and after a nice combination between Anttila and Lööv, Riga’s goalie had to stretch very far to fend off this puck. Riga came through Dzerkals and Gimayev to Chancan, for Jokerit awarded Joensuu and Anttila.

Jokerti scored the first good chances after the break from Grant and Norman. Riga was not stuck back. Razgal’s shot went just past and Zanetti crossed the gate. It went back and forth and after a pass from Anttila on Pihlström this one forgives the lead for the Finns, as well as later Joensuu. Minutes before the second break, Maione grabs the puck, drives into the offensive third of Jokerit, puts on the co-driving Videll, who makes it 1-0 (37.). Towards the end, a little fight took place and a total of five players (two Jokerit, three Riga) had to go into the cool box.

After the break Grant forgave the equalizer, he fails to Bilyalov. A few minutes later the jubilation at Jokerit: after a shot by Manninen Kivistö pushes the puck to the alleged balance over the line. After intervention by the Riga Head-Coach Ankipans this hit was not given to video evidence. Jokerit relented and Platt and Pihlström fail at Bilyalov. In the middle of the third then it was time – Jormakka puts on Grant and this scored the 1-1 (51.). Towards the end, both teams once again scuffle, hits were not more. It went into overtime.

Riga was the more active team – Dzierkals also fails Maione at Kalnins. Jensen forgave his chance for Jokerit. The decision fell in favor of Dinamo: Videll grabs the puck and drove off, leaving Kalnins no chance and scores to 2-1. This rehabilitates Riga defeat against Spartak.

 Dinamo Riga vs. Jokerit Helsinki 2:1 OT (0:0, 1:0, 0:1, 1:0)