If the Finns on display in Siberia had a good time, it was even better in Helsinki. Jokerit shrugged off a losing start to the season and produced a rampant display to demolish Dinamo Riga 7-2. The result was even more eye-catching because the Latvians had won their first two games of the season but Girts Ankipans’ men had no answers for Jokerit tonight.
The home team jumped to a 5-0 lead by the midway point in the game, prompting Dinamo to withdraw starting goalie Kristers Gudlevskis and give Maxim Tretyak his first action of the season. The grandson of goaltending legend Vladislav Tretyak was unable to do much about the final outcome of the game, but he did get his first ever point in the KHL with an assist on Jacob Berglund’s power play goal. Berglund, a summer signing from the DEL, got both the Riga markers in this game.
However, it was all about the Jokerit offense. Niklas Jensen led the way with two goals, Steve Moses and Petri Kontiola both contributed a goal and two assists, while Sami Lepisto had a hat-trick of helpers. Henrik Haapala got two assists to register his first points in the KHL while Janis Kalnins, starting ahead of Antti Niemi, collected his first win of the campaign against his former club.