wo power play goals from Lauris Darzins gave Dinamo Riga the edge in an entertaining game at Traktor. The visitor now has two wins from three games, showing signs that the club’s recent crisis might be easing.

However, the Latvians did things the hard way here. After jumping to a 4-1 lead, Dinamo had to withstand a big fightback from Traktor. Czech forward Tomas Hyka scored two third-period goals to complete his hat-trick and haul the score back to 3-4 with 12 minutes to play. However, Riga and goalie Andrei Makarov had enough to close out the game and take the points.

Earlier, Dinamo got the only goal of the first period when Brandon McMillan put away the rebound from a Ben Marshall shot. Hyka’s first of the game tied it up, but Vitalijs Pavlovs restored the visitor’s lead before Darzins got his two tallies. Home goalie Vasily Demchenko, who was making his 200th KHL appearance, was hooked after the visitor’s third goal.


Traktor Chelyabinsk Dinamo Riga
0:1McMillan Brandon
14:43Darzins Lauris, Marshall Benjamin
2 minDarzins Lauris
2 minAshton Carter
Traktor Chelyabinsk Dinamo Riga
1:1Hyka Tomas
2 minKalinin Dmitry
2 minBorodkin Artyom
2 min 
39:49Too many players on the ice
1:2Pavlovs Vitalijs
25:48Dzerins Andris, Lipsbergs Roberts
1:3Darzins Lauris
29:46Bartulis Oskars, McMillan Brandon
1:4Darzins Lauris
35:14McMillan Brandon
2 minGillies Colton
Traktor Chelyabinsk Dinamo Riga
2:4Hyka Tomas
42:37Borodkin Artyom, Sedlak Lukas
3:4Hyka Tomas
47:51Calof Andrew, Kosov Yaroslav
2 min 
39:49Too many players on the ice
2 minKosov Yaroslav
2 minCalof Andrew
2 minSedlak Lukas
2 minGillies Colton
2 minAshton Carter
2 minPavlovs Vitalijs
2 minPavlovs Vitalijs
51:54Throwing the puck outside the playing area
2 min
59:24Too many players on the ice
  • 00:15 2 min Darzins Lauris (Diving)
  • 10:57 2 min Ashton Carter (Hooking)
  • 14:43 0:1 McMillan Brandon (Darzins Lauris, Marshall Benjamin)
  • 22:23 1:1 Hyka Tomas
  • 25:48 1:2 Pavlovs Vitalijs (Dzerins Andris, Lipsbergs Roberts)
  • 28:47 2 min Kalinin Dmitry (Hooking)
  • 29:46 1:3 Darzins Lauris (Bartulis Oskars, McMillan Brandon)
  • 33:29 2 min Borodkin Artyom (Hooking)
  • 35:14 1:4 Darzins Lauris (McMillan Brandon)
  • 38:20 2 min Gillies Colton (Holding)
  • 39:49 2 min   (Too many players on the ice)
  • 42:37 2:4 Hyka Tomas (Borodkin Artyom, Sedlak Lukas)
  • 43:12 2 min Kosov Yaroslav (Diving)
  • 43:12 2 min Ashton Carter (Holding)
  • 46:16 2 min Pavlovs Vitalijs (Tripping)
  • 47:51 3:4 Hyka Tomas (Calof Andrew, Kosov Yaroslav)
  • 51:54 2 min Pavlovs Vitalijs (Throwing the puck outside the playing area)
  • 57:40 2 min Calof Andrew (Slashing)
  • 59:24 2 min   (Too many players on the ice)
  • 59:50 2 min Sedlak Lukas (Interference)