Dinamo Riga again fluffed its lines with a playoff place in sight, losing in Bratislava to suffer a fourth loss in five games.

The wobble has come at the worst possible time for the Latvians, who remain two points adrift of eighth place but are starting to run out of games. Slovan, lifted by snapping a 10-game losing streak at the weekend, took the lead in the 15th minute through Marek Sloboda. Mikelis Redlihs tied the scores for Dinamo early in the second period but Jeff Taffe grabbed the game-winner for Slovan in the 35th minute.

Dinamo’s next game is an unusual exhibition outing against Great Britain’s national team on Wednesday; fans in Latvia will be hoping the change of environment triggers a change in fortune when the team returns to KHL action next week.

Slovan Bratislava Dinamo Riga
1:0Sloboda Marek
Slovan Bratislava Dinamo Riga
2:1Taffe Jeff
34:33Bailey Casey, Cerveny Rudolf
2 minGelinas Eric
1:1Redlihs Mikelis
23:41Maione Mathew, Videll Linus
2 minBerzins Daniels
2 minRedlihs Mikelis
Slovan Bratislava Dinamo Riga
2 minDzierkals Martins
  • 14:46 1:0 Sloboda Marek
  • 23:25 2 min Gelinas Eric (Tripping)
  • 23:41 1:1 Redlihs Mikelis (Maione Mathew, Videll Linus)
  • 24:24 2 min Berzins Daniels (Diving)
  • 27:52 2 min Redlihs Mikelis (Interference)
  • 34:33 2:1 Taffe Jeff (Bailey Casey, Cerveny Rudolf)
  • 44:01 2 min Dzierkals Martins (High-sticking)