Konstantin Komarek #67, Dinamo Riga © Daniel Kutepov

The Austrian Konstantin Komarek scores a hit and an assist in the 3-4 shoot-out defeat of Dinamo Riga in Minsk.

Dinamo Riga has been waiting for a win since October 1st. Today Dinamo Riga was at the very same team where you could get a 4-3 shoot-out win. Dinamo Riga also won the last two duels in Minsk.

The Austrian Konstantin Komarek started again in this game together with Zack Mitchell and Martins Dzierkals. The Viennese were also involved in the first big chance in the 3rd minute, but Matt Maione failed with his attempt. In the ninth minute it was again the Canadian in Riga Dress who failed in the majority against Minsk goalkeeper Danny Taylor. Just a minute later, Dinamo Minsk was on the ice for the first time with one more player, and the “Bisons” took advantage of that. Minsk managed to generate a lot of traffic in front of the Riga gate and Alexei Protas took advantage of this in the 11th minute to lead 1-0. Komarek had a chance to equalize in the 15th minute. The Viennese moved in front of the Minsk goal, but Danny Taylor was able to clear against the Austrian. In the 17th minute, Riga managed to equalize with one man more through Zack Mitchell. A short time later, Komarek had to take a hard check from Znakharenko on the gang. The Viennese in the Riga Jersey then needed a few moments to put this away. The 27-year-old continued the game and so it went 1-1 into the first break.

Immediately after the restart, Mitchell had a good chance of taking the lead for Riga. But again Dinamo Minsk scored the opening goal immediately. After Martynov missed a great chance for the time being, the game stayed in front of the Riga goal and Dmitry Buinitsky defeated Ilya Proskuryakov in the 32nd minute to give Minsk the lead again. Dinamo Riga managed to equalize in the middle section. Minsk did not bring the puck out of danger in the 39th minute. After Maione fired at the Minsk goal, Konstantin Komarek caused a lot of chaos in the Minsk defense in front of the goal, and Zack Mitchell was able to equalize with his second goal in the game to 2-2.

In the third period Dinamo Riga made the game difficult with two penalties in a row. The team survived a short 3-vs-5 shortfall in the 46th minute. But only a few seconds later it was Yegor Sharangovich who, with a shot and a little luck, as the puck slipped through the Riga goalkeeper, gave Dinamo Minsk the lead for the third time. Riga continued to collect penalties and in the 46th minute Morgan Ellis dropped two Riga defenders and Drozdov brought them down. The Minsk striker failed with his penalty attempt but Proshkuryakov. In the 47th minute, Riga was allowed to play again with one more player. Ellis won the face-off and played the puck to Komarek, who took over directly and scored with his second KHL goal to equalize 3-3. Thereupon Minsk pressed on the renewed lead, whereby Riga missed the chance to lead through Dzierkals after a break. After that, however, it was Proshkuryakov who helped Minsk into overtime. There, Dinamo Riga had to survive another match against being outnumbered and the second season duel between the two Dinamo teams went into the penalty shoot-out. There Dinamo Minsk prevailed with three successful attempts and won 4-3.

Dinamo Minsk vs Dinamo Riga 4-3 SO (1-1, 1-1, 1-1, 0-0, 1-0)

follows:

Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg vs Traktor Chelyabinsk 3-1 (1-0, 0-0, 2-1)