This match-up between an Eastern Conference high-flyer and a Western Conference struggler went the way of the form book thanks to a powerful second-period display from the home team. Earlier this season the teams had met in Latvia, where Avangard stormed to a 7-0 victory but Dinamo was boosted by its win over Dinamo Minsk last time out.
That increased confidence was visible at the start, with Dinamo opening the scoring in the third minute thanks to Daniels Berzins, who applied a redirect on the slot to beat Igor Bobkov. However, that was as good as the afternoon got for the visitor. Valentin Pyanov tied the scores in the ninth minute, potting his first goal of the season after a flurry of shots on Alexander Salak’s net.
The second period saw the home team take complete control with three unanswered goals. Rob Klinkhammer put the Hawks in front with a power play effort before Sergei Shumakov emerged from the sin bin to help create a second goal of the game for Pyanov. Semyon Koshelev added a fourth midway through the game and the outcome was already clear.