Severstal collected its third victory in four encounters with Dinamo Riga this season. But this was another close game between two teams down at the foot of the Western Conference that needed a shoot-out to settle the issue.
In that shoot-out, Vladislav Podyapolsky proved unbeatable in the Severstal goal, while Alexander Petunin and Vadim Kudako both scored on Janis Voris at the other end. The latter produced a particularly slick move to deke the Dinamo youngster and secure his team’s fourth win in five games.
For Dinamo, meanwhile, the point moves Girts Ankipans’ team another point away from Minsk at the foot of the table, while youngster Voris continues to look like a strong goaltending prospect. He came up with several big saves late in the game to force overtime, and defied the Severstal power play during the extras.
Earlier, the visitor took the lead in the 25th minute through Bogdan Yakimov, but Dinamo hit back with two goals late in the middle frame. Kristaps Sotnieks and Emils Gegeris struck just 23 seconds apart to give the host a slender lead to take into the third.
However, a penalty on Mikelis Redlihs offered a way back for Severstal and Yegor Yakovlev tied the scores in the 47th minute.