Robert Rosen scored a hat-trick – including two goals in the last 10 minutes – to snatch a dramatic win for Sochi. The Swedish forward got the game-winner with just 31 seconds left to move the Black Sea team to within a point of the playoff spots after a third straight victory.
But Dinamo, still rooted to the foot of the table, proved to be a stubborn opponent. In the first period, with few chances at either end, a point shot saw Daniels Berzins give the Latvians the lead. That was something of a theme for Dinamo’s display: few shots on goal (Dmitry Shikin faced just 12 shots on his net), but good finishing that brought two goals from those limited attempts.
Sochi got the first power play of the game early in the second period and Rosen took advantage to fire home a feed from Morgan Ellis and tie the scores. But even a spell of almost total domination by the host could not separate the teams before the second intermission.
Rosen put the host in front for the first time with 10 minutes left, firing home a Malte Stromwall pass. With Dinamo’s limited opportunities on offense, it was tempting to assume that would settle the game, but the visitor had other ideas. Oskars Bartulis tied the scores in the 56th minute and looked as though overtime was certain when that Swedish combination of Stromwall and Rosen worked once again to give Rosen his hat-trick goal and Sochi the win.