Traktor closed to within two points of a playoff place thanks to a hard-fought victory at home to Dinamo Riga.

For the Latvians, however, fresh from the KHL World Games in Zurich, this was a missed opportunity to gain some breathing space in a tight battle for the top eight in the Western Conference. Dinamo remains in eighth place, but is level on points with Vityaz and three behind Dynamo Moscow in seventh.

The only goal in this game arrived in the 52nd minute. Traktor’s fourth line, which had been effective all through the game, combined once again. Marsel Sholokhov’s shot was deflected into the net by Alexander Sharov and, after a video review confirmed the play was good, that proved sufficient to win the game. Vasily Demchenko had 24 saves to record his second shut-out of the season.

Traktor Chelyabinsk Dinamo Riga
2 min 
03:45Too many players on the ice
2 minClark Kevin
Traktor Chelyabinsk Dinamo Riga
2 minSzczechura Paul
2 minSholokhov Marsel
2 minAlisauskas Nerijus
2 minMarenis Rihards
Traktor Chelyabinsk Dinamo Riga
1:0Sharov Alexander P.
51:05Borodkin Artyom, Sholokhov Marsel
2 minSholokhov Marsel
2 minMaione Mathew
2 minClark Kevin
  • 03:45 2 min   (Too many players on the ice)
  • 04:46 2 min Clark Kevin (Hooking)
  • 23:33 2 min Szczechura Paul (Hooking)
  • 28:55 2 min Sholokhov Marsel (Roughing)
  • 28:55 2 min Alisauskas Nerijus (Roughing)
  • 36:23 2 min Marenis Rihards (Tripping)
  • 44:43 2 min Maione Mathew ()
  • 51:05 1:0 Sharov Alexander P. (Borodkin Artyom, Sholokhov Marsel)
  • 56:51 2 min Sholokhov Marsel (Roughing)
  • 56:51 2 min Clark Kevin (Roughing)