Dinamo Riga defeats Vityaz Podolsk 4-3 – Austrian Konstantin Komarek scores his first goal and also his first assist.
After two defeats at the beginning, Dinamo Riga continued with the third home game in a row after a two-day break. With Vityaz Podolsk, the team was the guest who managed the biggest surprise of this young season. “The Knights” celebrated a 4-0 away win at Ak Bars Kazan, but Vityaz lost their last game 3-4 in Nizhnekamsk.
For this game Dinamo coach Peteris Skudra had changed the lines. Dinamo also got off to a very good start and quickly found opportunities. In the 7th minute, however, there was a penalty for “too many players on the ice” on the part of Dinamo. With a lot of luck, the guests took advantage of this first power play to lead them 1-0. The Latvian in Vityaz jersey, Kaspars Daugavins, played the puck towards the goal. The puck was deflected by a defender untenable for the Riga goalkeeper Stanislav Galimov. Dinamo was not shocked by this goal, and in the 12th minute Konstantin Komarek, in the first power play for Rigs, equalized with his first KHL goal. Mathew Maione was the passgiver to Konstantin Komarek, who graduated with a one-timer. Redlihs and Mitchell, who were standing in front of the goal, blocked the view of the guest goalie. In general, the hosts’ power play worked very well in the first third. After a short second attempt, which lasted only 14 seconds, Riga used the second power play in the 19th minute by Zack Mitchell to lead with 2-1 breaks.
In the 25th minute, Riga defender Maione slipped on his own blue line, but Mattias Tedenby could not use the free space and, like Varfolomeyev shortly after, failed at the Dinamo goalie. Dinamo Riga also found good chances. Parshin found a good chance after a quick start and Konstantin Komarek gave Martins Dzierkals a good chance to finish. But Vityaz goalkeeper Pyotr Kochetkov defused both situations. Vityaz top star Alexander Semin then equalized the guests with a powerplay goal in the 30th minute. First he failed with a shot at the Riga goalie, Galimov could not hold the puck. Alexander Semin got the puck behind the goal and played it over Galimov’s back to make it 2-2. Only 68 seconds later, after a build-up error by the hosts, Vityaz was leading again through Mikhail Smolin. Stanislav Galimov then left his gate and gave way to Proskkuryakov. Konstantin Komarek also showed his skills in the 37th minute. A penalty against Vityaz for a bad substitution made Dinamo Riga equal in the second period. It took a lot of time after a combination of Komarek and Mitchell goal scorer Lauris Darzins.
The third 20 minutes couldn’t start better for Dinamo Riga. Lauris Darzins got the shot after only 19 seconds and scored the 4-3 lead for his team with his second goal in the game. In the 48th minute, as in the first period, there was a substitution error of the home team and this time Riga goalkeeper Ilya Proskkuryakov was really busy, but Semin and Co were unable to equalize in this phase. Vityaz tried to work his way to equalize, but the Riga defensive remained calm in these minutes and hardly allowed dangerous chances. More than 90 seconds before the end, the guests tried six field players. In the final minute it got really tight again, Dustin Danforth had two attempts, but lacked the necessary luck. Dinamo celebrates its first victory in the third game of the season. Besides Konstantin Komarek, who scored his first two KHL points with a goal and an assist, Lauris Darzins also scored the match winner with his two goals.
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