“Dynamo” gave in to CSKA with 1: 7 (0: 3, 0: 2, 1: 2).
Jevgenijs Gračovs scored the goal for the people of Rīga.
The Rigans had only a couple of good chances to score. One of them was in the second period, when after the pass of Mika Indraš, one against the goalkeeper was Nikolai Yeliseev, who was the most dangerous attacker in the ranks of the home team. However, the puck could not be controlled.
Maksims Šalunovs stood out in the fifth minute of the match, the guests scored the victory goal already in the ninth minute, when Sergejs Andronovs was accurate, but in the 14th minute John Gilmors realized the majority.
CSKA continued to have a depressing advantage, scoring the lion’s court goal from the front of the goal. It was not possible to change it either in the goalkeeper’s camp. The game was started by Ivan Nalimov, after the third lost goal he was replaced by Eriks Vitols. After the fifth lost “gola”, Nalimov entered the goal again.
Gračovs scored the honorary goal exactly two minutes before the end of the fight, improving the shot of Sije Lipon in front of the goal. A successful pass to Robert Mamčič.
The guests scored three assists for Konstantin Okulov, but five hockey players scored two points, Andronov stood out with two goals.
Alexander Šaričenkov repelled 21 home throws in the away goal.
For Rigans, this was the last home game before the five-match away series, which will start on January 15 in Cherepovets against “Severstall”.
At the turn of the year, the people of Riga welcomed the great, celebrating two successes in a row for the first time in the season. In the last game of last year, the Rigans won the Moscow “Spartak” led by Oleg Znarok and Harry Vītolins 5: 2, interrupting a series of six lost games, but this year “Dinamo” started with a 5: 4 victory in their field against Moscow “Dinamo”. The third victory in a row did not allow the Minsk “Dinamo” to gain, celebrating the superiority with 6: 2, but the last fight also failed in the match with the Yaroslavl “Lokomotiv”.
CSKA had only lost once in four games against strong opponents this year. The Latvian goalkeeper Jānis Kalniņš succeeded at home with a 5: 4 extension over Helsinki “Jokerit” point for the guests with a flawless game “Jokerit” in the goal after coming to the field.
In the continuation of the home games, CSKA lost to Ekaterinburg’s “Avtomobilist” in the 1: 2 after-game litter, but defeated Nizhnekamsk’s “Neftehimik”. In the first game of the away series, the Muscovites defeated the second strongest unit of the Western Group in the St. Petersburg SKA with a 3: 2 extension.
This season, the two teams had met “on paper” once. At the end of September, “Dinamo” was unable to admit Muscovites to its field due to Covid-19 illness, and a technical victory was credited to the Moscow club.
Last season, two easy victories with 6: 1 and 4: 1 were celebrated by CSKA.
In total, both teams had met 32 times in the KHL championship, winning “Dinamo” only in seven cases, two of them – in post-match throws. the goal ratio is 101: 58 in favor of Muscovites.
Rigans still do not have goalkeepers in the line – Stanislavs Galimovs and Jānis Voris, as well as defender Jordans Murejs, but his teammates Kristaps Sotnieks and Tony Sunds are expected to return to the field soon. On Thursday, it became clear that due to illness, the team will not be able to help the attacker Jānis Švanenbergs for some time.
Former defender Mets Robinson did not play in the ranks of the opponents. The Canadian has scored 15 (5 + 10) points in 38 games. In the list of injured, CSKA has two attackers – Andrejs Loktionovs, who has accumulated 12 (2 + 10) performance points in 27 games this season, and Antons Slepiševs, who has 23 (11 + 12) performance points in 26 matches.
The Riga club with 21 points in 43 games takes the last place in the league, while CSKA with 69 points in 44 matches concedes only to the strongest unit of the Eastern group Kazan “Ak Bars”, which has a point and a game more.
“Dinamo” took the penultimate place in the Western group and in the whole league last season, not qualifying for the Gagarin Cup for the sixth year in a row.
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