Sibir edged a tight game in Riga to open up a four-point gap to Salavat Yulaev in sixth, thanks largely to Harri Sateri’s second shut-out of the season. In a goaltending duel, he had the edge over Alexander Salak as his team claimed a narrow victory.

Dinamo handed debuts to two more players; in total Girts Ankipans has used 46 in the current season. Rejnis Lejnieks and Janis Svanenbergs were the latest to feature, but neither of the young forwards could unlock Sibir, even though the home team had much the better of the first period.

In the middle frame, Sibir shut down the game effectively, allowing Dinamo just three shots at Sateri. The fans were enlivened not by a goal, but by a fight early in the third as Colton Gillies and Danil Romantsev dropped the gloves for a well-matched battle. Their penalties had barely concluded when the only goal of the game arrived, Alexander Sharov beating Salak at last and ending the Czech’s 111-minute shut-out streak. That proved decisive, and the loss pushes Riga to the brink of losing even a mathematical possibility of making the playoffs.