Alexander Protapovich got his first goal in the KHL to give Dinamo Riga victory at Severstal. The 23-year-old, whose 13 appearances so far have been with three different clubs, struck just 30 seconds into the extras as the Latvians picked up a second successive overtime win and left the host rooted to the foot of the Western Conference.
Severstal, with just one improbable win at CSKA in its previous 13 games, made the brighter start and deserved its lead at the first intermission after Bogdan Yakimov’s goal separated the teams. However, Brandon McMillan tied the game late in the second frame. The Canadian forward potted his ninth goal of the season and trails only Lauris Darzins on Riga’s scoring charts.
The third period produced relatively few chances and neither team could snap that 1-1 tie and secure the victory. But early in the extras came Protapovich’s big moment. A Kristaps Sotnieks pass split the home defense and sent the forward one-on-one with Vladislav Podyapolsky. As the goalie went to ground early, Protapovich easily skated around him to slide the puck home and seal the win.