Dinamo Riga loses at home to Magnitogorsk 0-2 and fears for the play-off participation.
For Riga, the game against Magnitogorsk was about collecting points needed for a possible play-off. The current season record is balanced with two wins, with Riga could bring two victories in Magnitogorsk.
With this motivation, it was in this game, Riga set the pace. After just under three minutes Dinamo had the first power play but the young Metallurg Goalie Zagidulin could stand out against Redlihs or Maione. It was a fight-oriented but fair game. When Shore was beaten by slashing, Riga again set up a very good power play. However, this remained without a goal and so it remained goalless after the first period.
After the break, the fans got to see an interesting game and there were plenty of chances for both teams. The goalies on both sides, both Gudlevskis and Zagidulin, were able to distinguish themselves several times. Riga had the only power-play game in that period, and again it was without a goal. Therefore, it went scoreless in the second break.
In the final period, both teams had set open sights. Metallurg went through Bulir with 1-0 lead (43.). Dinamo now switched to a gear, but was always open on the defensive for the quick counterattack of the guests. In addition, opportunities in two other power plays remained unused. A few minutes before the end Riga coach Ankipans took off after a time-out Gudlevskis from the ice. Metallurg came to the puck, Lyubimov served Timkin and this scored the Empty-Net goals to 2-0 (60.). With that the game was decided and Riga has to continue to tremble for the play-off participation.
Dinamo Riga vs Metallurg Magnitogorsk 0-2 (0-0, 0-0, 0-2)