Dinamo Riga lose again to overtime – 1-2 against Avtomobilist, but remains in the race for the play-offs.
For Dinamo Riga, there was a lot going on in today’s game against Avtomobilist – the play-offs are within reach and every point counts. Today Avtomobilist Yekaterinenburg was a guest, they already have their “play-off ticket” in their pockets.
The beginning of Riga seemed pretty cramped and it was not much to see in a playful way. The guests, however, opened their game – Sexton had the first high-profile opportunity after a few minutes, shortly thereafter it was DaCosta, but for him was de Gudlevski’s last stop. Gradually, Riga came on tour, Darzins and Redlihs could not beat Goalie Kovar. At the end of the third Avtomobilist came through Bodrov and Sexton on good occasions, but it remained goalless.
After the break, Riga became more active and Myttynen narrowly misses Kovar in a game of overpayment. The hosts then put a nice double pass between Darzins and Redlihs, this does not bring the puck past the goalie. The pressure increased and Maione tried one of his slap-shots, but Kovar stood ideal and could fend off. Shortly thereafter, McMillan was his turn, but he forgives his chance. Then the guests woke up again, but Dawes and Belousov were unable to beat Gudlevskis. Just before the second break McMillan had another chance, but Kovar stopped again.
In the final third no team really wanted to neglect the defensive, but Riga had to come. The guests took their first chance and Sexton scored from close range to make it 1-0 (48.). Dinamo came even more and began to combine – Pavlovs on Lipsbergs, who pulls off immediately, Kovar could defend only briefly, and Maione hammered from full run the puck into the net – 1-1 (50.). It then went back and forth – Riga wanted the full points – and Darzins forgives the victory shortly before the end. It went back to the over-time.
Here Avtomobilist was the hardened team – for the time being forgave Belousov and Grachyov their opportunities. Shortly before the end of the over-time Pare meets with a worth-seeing goal – he looped the puck in the goal – the 2-1 and brings the victory. Despite this defeat, the play-offs are still within reach. Riga are only three points behind Sochi, but have lost one game less.
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