Much like Red Star, Dinamo is marooned at the foot of its conference — so for a Lokomotiv team suffering after three successive losses conclusively halted a long winning run, this was a perfect chance to get back on track. The Railwaymen duly delivered, but took some time to solve the Latvians.
The first period produced no goals and relatively little to choose between the teams. In the second, though, Lokomotiv began to tighten the screws on Riga. Anton Lander was close to opening the scoring during a scrum in front of the net, Vladimir Tkachyov got clean through but could not beat Stanislav Galimov. Then Dinamo began picking up penalties and the second Loko power play paid off. Lander was fastest to react after Atte Ohtamaa’s shot was blocked and the goal stood despite a bench challenge from the Latvians.
Barely a minute later, Loko made it two. Pavel Kudryavtsev got the puck on the edge of the circle, deked past Galimov and slotted the puck into the unguarded corner of the net. The home team’s dominance of the middle stanza was amply rewarded.
Early in the third, Yegor Korshkov skated away from the visiting defense and scored with a backhand shot to make it 3-0. The forward got his ninth goal of the season, and his third in five games. However, that did not inspire a one-sided finale. Instead, Dinamo pulled one back midway through the action thanks to Gleb Zyryanov. That was the end of the scoring as Lokomotiv got the morale-boosting win it needed.