With the 3-2 win over Kunlun the Vladivostok Admiral keep the chance for the KHL playoff participation – Dinamo Riga loses the test match against Great Britain with 1-3.
On Thursday, 43 KHL players for their respective national teams will start in the third tournament of the EHT with the Beijer Hockey Games in Sweden, Vladivostok fought in the home game against Kunlun for the last small Play-Off opportunity. Only with a victory against the Red Star, the possibility remained at least theoretically. After 20 minutes, the 1-0-goal of Ugolnikov also put them on course.
In the second period, however, the visitors beat Veli-Matti Savinainen in the 34th minute (1-1), and the power play goal by Justin Fontaine in the 39th minute, twice and it seemed as if Kunlun after last two losses in a row could get full points again. The Admirals wanted to at least maintain the last chance of the playoffs and celebrated after the Petrov equalization in power play (47th minute) and the victory goal by Alexander Konnov 85 seconds before the end, still a late 3-2 home win. Now the Admiral have seven games before the end of the basic round 12 points behind the 8th tractor and are at least theoretically still in the playoff race. For the Chinese KHL team it looks after the fourth defeat in the fifth game not much better. So you are with 47 points just four points ahead of today’s opponent.
Admiral Vladivostok vs Kunlun Red Star 3-2 (1-0, 1-2, 1-0)
Dinamo Riga today played a not ordinary test match. The Latvian KHL team met in Coventry in front of 3,000 spectators on the national team of A-group promoted Great Britain.
The British sat down at the end with 3-1. Luke Ferrara’s goals in the start period, as well as a short-handed goal by Ben Lake after just 23 minutes to make it 2-0, put the British in front after the first 40 minutes. Riga made pressure in the final third and goalie Goalie Ben Bowns was beaten for the first time in the 53rd minute. Shortly thereafter, the next power play for Dinamo Riga. This supernatant of the United Kingdom and Ben O’Connor fixed with their Emty Net hit 43 seconds before the end of the hosts 3-1 victory.
Great Britain vs Dinamo Riga 3-1 (1-0, 1-0, 1-1)