The highest scoring game of the day came in Latvia where the basement teams of the two conferences went head-to-head. Red Star arrived on the back of a five game losing streak, while Dinamo’s skid was a miserable 12 games.
Dinamo got the perfect start, earning an early power play and taking just 10 seconds to convert it. Jordan Murray thumped in a shot from the blue line and Lauris Darzins got in front of Dmitry Shikin to knock the puck down into the net.
However, Red Star responded strongly. Parker Foo tied the scores with his first goal for the club after five minutes and, three minutes later, Ivan Nikolishin gave the visitor the lead. Both goals came after shots that cannoned back of the boards; debutant goalie Zane McIntyre’s first KHL appearance ended after nine minutes.
The second period began with a fight — Viktor Baldayev vs JC Lipon — and another power play goal for the host. This time, Murray’s shot found the net with Darzins providing the traffic. Red Star responded late in the frame when Casey Wellman restored the visitor’s lead but a pair of late goals saw Riga take a lead to the locker room. Miks Indrasis got his first of the season, then Gleb Zyryanov scored on his former club.
Zyryanov was clearly enjoying the chance to prove a point to Red Star: early in the third he produced a similar effort to make it 5-3. That proved too much for the Dragons, who slipped to a first ever loss in Riga.