As in Moscow, so in Petersburg. Here, too, there was a clash between a leader and a struggler and once again the game went to form.
True, Riga produced some stiff resistance early on. The first period saw the visitor stifle the game, smother SKA’s offense and even created slightly more of the few chances on offer. But SKA’s power proved too much. The second period was one-way traffic, with Dinamo holding on until Jori Lehtera’s 35th minute goal broke the deadlock. Lehtera joined Vladimir Tkachyov on an odd-man rush and finished off his team-mate’s pass to open the scoring.
Tkachyov then scored himself on the power play midway through the third. The goal came just one second after the end of a 5-on-3 advantage, and Dinamo was still recovering from the blow when Evgeny Ketov went clean through with only Janis Voris to beat and made it 3-0 13 seconds later.