Dinamo Riga won a thriller against SKA last night – but was back on the ice less than 24 hours later for this game against Lokomotiv. The coaching staff returned Kristers Gudlevskis to the crease as starting goalie following Monday’s 11-goal epic.
Lokomotiv, soundly beaten by Russia ‘B’ on Monday, brought back Ilya Konovalov in place of Alexander Lazushin. The fledgling partnership between Ty Rattie and Anton Lander also made a return after its bright start on Saturday.
Much of this game was tight, with goals at a premium. But, with the scores tied at 1-1, the action exploded in the final minutes. David Ullstrom put Riga in front with just 130 seconds left to play. But Lokomotiv made full use of the remaining time. First, Rattie tied the scores then, exactly 60 seconds later, Alexander Kalinin gave Loko the verdict.
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 3 Dinamo Riga 2 (1-0, 0-1, 2-1)
Goals: Kraskovsky (Polunin, Kovalenko PP 14:23); 1-1 Redlihs (Berzins, McMillan 38:39); 1-2 Ullstrom (Alisauskas, Redlihs 57:50); 2-2 Rattie (58:41); 3-2 Kalinin (59:41).
Goalies: Konovalov – Gudlevskis
Craig MacTavish, head coach, Lokomotiv
They warned me that when you’re playing Dinamo Riga you need to be ready for some aggressive hockey. Today I saw for myself just how hard this team works. We were a bit fortunate at the end of the game. Stephane da Costa is eager to get into the fray and wants to be involved against SKA tomorrow.
Girts Ankipans, head coach, Dinamo Riga
I like the way our team approached the game, even though I’m disappointed with the result. We just didn’t have the experience to close out the win. I don’t want to focus on individuals or single out Gudlevskis for losing concentration towards the end of the game.