Vadim Shipachyov potted a last-gasp overtime winner in Riga. He stuffed the puck home from close range in the final second of the extras to finish an entertaining game in Moscow’s favor. Czech international Dmitrij Jaskin stretched his productive streak to 11 games with two assists, including one on Shipachyov’s decider.
This developed into a lively game, with the lead changing hands repeatedly as the teams battled out a 3-3 tie in regulation. But there was little evidence of that in a first period that produced just 14 shots on goal between the two teams.
It took Brandon McMillan to waken things up. He opened the scoring in the 28th minute and Dynamo rose to the challenge. Almost immediately the Muscovites got a power play and Juuso Hietanen tied the scores. Then, late in the frame, another penalty against Riga saw Daniil Tarasov put the visitor in front.
Veteran Latvian forward Mikelis Redlihs tied it up at the start of the third and Kristaps Sotnieks put the home team back in front midway through the frame. The defenseman was assisted by Nikita Setdikov and Alexander Protapovich, two recent signings from Avtomobilist. But penalty trouble hurt Riga once again and Michal Cajkovsky tied the game with three minutes left to play.
In overtime, the Latvians had a great chance to win it when Shipachyov was sin-binned for holding. However, Dynamo’s PK stood up and limited Riga’s special teams to efforts from the outside that did not unduly trouble Ivan Bocharov.