Dinamo Riga loses important points in a 1-2 defeat in Bratislava – Novosibirsk only one point behind Traktor after a 3-2 victory over Kunlun.
For Dinamo Riga it was a lot in today’s game against Slovan – namely, the full points get to stay on play-off course. For Slovan, it was all about the statisics, where further Meszaros injured fails, as Riga without Gillies.
Slovan started brilliantly and had after only a few seconds by Liska the first chance in which Bilyalov had to show his skills. The hosts gradually put a nice single action gives Buc another good opportunity. Riga could hardly free himself, made on the defensive unusual mistakes. Klok forgives one of these possibilities, he fails to Bilyalov. Dinamo’s chances were scant, the best was McMillan, but Stepanek – after Ciliak’s exit the No. 1 goal – was on the sidelines. Sloboda picked up the puck five minutes before half-time and marched through Dinamo’s defense to finish 1-0 to Slovan (15.) – a very great goal. Riga came back to a very good opportunity before the break, but Stepanek was very confident.
Dinamo had to come after the break more, the previously shown was not enough. Accordingly, the beginning was also – Gimayev and Zanetti found the first good opportunities. The first power play had the guests. This took only 16 seconds to equalize – Maione moves away from the blue line and Redlihs fakes the puck unsustainable for Stepanek to 1-1 (24.). Now Slovan was again in demand, and shortly thereafter, Janosik forgives his chance to lead. A nice combination between Redlihs and Darzins was warded off by Stepanek, in the counterattack fails Taffe to Bilyalov. Slovan felt there was more going on – Cerveny plays Bailey. The takes over directly, Bilyalov could only fend off and Taffe meets from close range to 2-1 (35.). A quick push from Riga and Vildell forgives, on the other side Bacik warps his shot next to the goal of Bilyalov.
It was not a big game in the final period either. Slovan made a power play in which Bacik tried a long-range shot, Bilyalov had no problems with it. Dinamo acted a bit cumbersome and still trying – Lipsbergs with a shot attempt, but this goes over the gate. After a quick counter Chipchura had a chance, but again Bilylov was on hand. When it came to the end of the game, Riga made pressure – the compensation should be forthcoming. A shot from Dzerkals went close to the goal, Videll was prevented from hitting the empty net in time and Maione’s shot was saved by Stepanek, as was Darzins. The Riga offensive also brought Slovan back to chances, but Buc and Chipchura failed to beat Bilyalov. So Slovan wins against Riga, who lose important points in the fight for the play-offs.
Slovan Bratislava vs Dinamo Riga 2-1 (1-0, 1-1, 0-0)
Novosibirsk took the lead against Kunlun through Sayustov 1-0 (16.). Just under 90 seconds after restart Bartley succeeds in a 1-1 equalizer (22.). In this period, it was a bit gruff and a few seconds before the second break Prince (Sibir), Yip and Fontaine (both Kunlun) had to sit on the penalty bench. Loginov succeeds in the final period, in a new power play, the 2-1 (49.). Postal turn but achieved Kunlun by Parlett the recent equalization to 2-2 (50.). Just one minute later, Prince scored the winning goal for 3-2 (51.). With this victory, Novosibirsk has come close one point to Traktor, who suffered a 0-1 defeat in the home game against Jokerit today, scorer Joensuu (57.).
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