Dinamo Riga goes into 2019 just one point outside the playoff places after snapping Dynamo Moscow’s winning streak in a lively encounter in Latvia.
The opening minutes gave a flavor of how this one might go: Andris Dzerins put Riga up in the fifth minute on the power play, Vadim Shipachyov tied it up in the sixth and Ruslan Karlin’s first for his new club gave the visitor the lead in the seventh. Nerijus Alisauskas got the host back on terms late in the first period.
The outcome was largely settled late in the second period when the Latvians opened a 4-2 lead. Mathew Maione struck on the power play then Colton Gillies added a fourth for the home team. Linus Videll made it 5-2 in the third period before Shipachyov orchestrated a fightback. He assisted on goals for Daniil Tarasov and Dmitry Kagarlitsky but time ran out before Dynamo could force the extras.