Russia ‘B’, which saw Sochi end its hopes of winning the tournament, was still in contention for second place beside the Black Sea as it went into its final game. But that game, against Dinamo Riga, would be a battle for the silver medals with the Latvians capable of overtaking the Russians with a victory on the last day of competition.
Oleg Bratash continued to rotate his Russia ‘B’ roster and rested Artyom Maltsev, Maxim Rasseikin, Nikita Rtishchev and Daniil Valitov. Pyotr Kochetkov was in goal following his assured display against Avangard. Dinamo recalled Maxim Tretyak, last seen in the wild 6-5 win over SKA.
As in the Avangard game, Kochetkov allowed an early goal. This time he was the only man left to deal with David Ullstrom’s break and the Swede won his duel to open the scoring. Ten minutes later, Ullstrom got his second as Dinamo went 2-0 up at the first intermission. That was Ullstrom’s fourth goal of the tournament.
The Russians rallied to tie the game on goals from Vladislav Kodola and Damir Zhafyarov but ended up losing out to an Andris Dzerins effort 10 minutes from the end. Russia ‘B’s last game of the tournament ended not only in defeat, but with the loss of Admiral defenseman Ivan Mishchenko. He was taken to hospital for a check after a heavy collision in the first period.
Russia ‘B’ 2 Dinamo Riga 3 (0-2, 1-0, 1-1)
Goals: 0-1 Ullstrom (7:27); 0-2 Ullstrom (Ashton, Marshall PP 17:05); 1-2 Kodola (Zaitsev, Mikhailov 22:01); 2-2 Zhafyarov (Kodola 49:26); 2-3 Dzerins (Marenis, Gillies) 49:53.
Goalies: Kochetkov – Tretyak
Oleg Bratash, head coach, Russia ‘B’
Today we came onto the ice and looked a bit nervous, we weren’t right in our heads. In the first period nothing went for us, neither the scoreline, nor the game. But I enjoyed the second and third periods and the guys deserve praise for that. Many of them had not previously played at KHL level before but they showed that they are ready for it. In general, we were happy with the outcome of this tournament.
Girts Ankipans, head coach, Dinamo Riga
I agree that the first period was great for us. But then we lost a bit of confidence. The main thing is that we found a way to win in the end. It’s definitely better than the game against Lokomotiv, where we lost right at the end. Throughout the tournament we were able to experiment with our lines. I’d like to thank the organizers for inviting us here.