Dinamo snapped a five-game losing streak thanks to a late goal from Nikita Setdikov. The forward, playing only his second game for Riga since moving from Avtomobilist, potted the decisive marker with barely three minutes left to play and his first effort for his new club earned his team a much-needed victory.
The play started with Andris Dzerins battling to get the puck out from behind the net. Derzins then headed to the slot to combine with Uvis Balinskis and screen Julius Hudacek in the Spartak net. Setdikov rolled around to the top of the right-hand circle and fired in a shot that whipped between his two team-mates and past Hudacek to restore the home lead. Dzerins then finished it off with an empty-net goal.
Earlier, Nerijus Alisauskas had given Dinamo the lead in the sixth minute. The Lithuanian defenseman also found the net in Tuesday’s overtime loss against Salavat Yulaev and had an assist against SKA before the international break as he established his first three-game scoring sequence in his career.
However, Spartak managed to tie the game midway through the third period when Latvian international Kaspars Daugavins set up Maxim Goncharov to make it 1-1.