Lokomotiv secured a top-four finish in the West this season thanks to a routine victory at home to bottom club Dinamo. The Latvians latest loss, meanwhile, means that Riga will finish at the foot of the overall KHL standings, unable to reach Eastern Conference strugglers Kunlun Red Star and Neftekhimik.
The Railwaymen opened the scoring in the eighth minute through Teemu Pulkkinen, with the Finn managing to get his shot away even as he fell in front of the Dinamo net. Early in the second, penalties for Reece Scarlett and Artur Kayumov had the teams playing four-on-four for two minutes. Lokomotiv made the most of that, scoring two goals in the space of a minute thanks to Daniil Misyul and Denis Barantsev.
Denis Alexeyev extended the home lead to 4-0 midway through the second, but Dinamo got one back before the intermission when Roberts Bukarts struck on the power play. However, that merely interrupted Loko’s flow: early in the third Nikita Cherepanov made it 5-1, chasing Janis Voris from the net and bringing Bruno Bruveris to the crease for his second KHL appearance. The 18-year-old kept his goal intact for the closing minutes as Loko recorded as comfortable win.