Dinamo Riga moved off the foot of the KHL table thanks to a comeback victory in Minsk. The result sees the two teams swap places after the home team slipped to a seventh successive loss.
The Belarusians began well enough, taking the lead in the sixth minute. Marc-Andre Gragnani’s shot popped up off Alexander Salak, and Evgeny Kovyrshin was on hand to bat it into the net. A video review confirmed that there was no high stick involved, and the home team had the lead.
However, Riga is no longer a team apt to fold under pressure. Boosted by three wins in its last four games, the Latvians knew there was a way back from that. Even though Minsk had more of the play in the opening period, Riga tied the scores on the power play thanks to Lauris Darzins.
In the second period, the home team again started strongly, with Salak stopping a Shane Prince effort with his helmet. The Czech goalie was on top form once again as Minsk continued to have the better of the game, and his efforts were rewarded at the other end late in the frame when Daniels Berzins scored with practically his team’s first chance of the session. The final stanza saw Salak again in impressive form as he finished with 36 saves to backstop Riga’s win.