Dinamo Riga had to beat Traktor once again after overtime 1-2 – Slovan conceded 3-6 debacle against Avtomobilist.
Dinamo Riga are still struggling to win a play-off spot and today they needed a win over Traktor. The game started promisingly, with McMillan putting the hosts 1-0 ahead after just one minute (1.). After that there were many chances on both sides, the goalies had their hands full. The only power play in the first section had Riga, but could not score. After the break the same picture, both teams in forward gear. After a good counterattack from Traktor Bergstrom serves the well-standing Stoa and this scored the equalizer to 1-1 (26.). After that, this encounter flattened a bit, the very big opportunities remained. Traktor also had the possibility of a power-play, also here fell no further goal. It was followed by a goalless last third and for Riga it went into the third over-time in a row. And again Riga had the disadvantage – it had played 14 seconds and Enlund scored with the 2-1 for decision and victory (61.). Despite this defeat, Riga stays in touch with the play-off ranks.
Dinamo Riga vs Traktor Chelyabinsk 1-2 OT (1-0, 0-1, 0-0, 0-1)
Slovan wanted to end his defeat series – five in a row. However, no lesser team than Avtomobilist was a guest, but have already fixed the play-off ticket. The guests started right away and Krikunov score early to make it 1-0 (2.). Slovan continued to work cramped and Avtomobilist more effective in the odds evaluation – Tryamkin scored the 2-0 (7.) minutes later. When Slovan’s Klok sat on the penalty bench, the 3-0 fell – Dawes utilizes a pass from Vishnevsky (8.). After this gate Ciliak left the ice and Stepanek came. The Slovan game was better now and Lamper was able to shorten to 1-3 just before the break (17.).
The guests were also the better team after the break and as Kelemen sat on the penalty bench for another power play. This time it was Sexton who took over a Vishnevsky pass and scored the 4-1 (28.). However, the hosts did not quite give themselves up, and a little later Lamper succeeds, after passing Liska, his second goal to 2-4 (14.). After that, there were good attempts by Slovan but you failed again and again at the good goalie Kovar in the goal of the guests.
When in the final third Sexton scored the 5-2 after 22 seconds – his second goal – that was a preliminary decision. Slovan tried everything again and as Sukel shortened to 3-5, hope sprouted (45.). In addition, the guests were carried away to punishments, but Slovan was unable to score goals. Even if Slovan had a big game two minutes before the end, coach Orszagh Stepanek out of the gate, one had to accept a goal. Sexton brings the puck from the own zone to DaCosta who scored the 6-3 with a short-handed-empty-net-hit and made the final decision (60.). This keeps Slovan in the sixth game in series without points.
Slovan Bratislava vs Avtomobilist 3-6 (1-3, 1-1, 1-2)