A three-goal blast early in the second period sent SKA spinning to a second successive defeat on its tour of the Baltic.
Following Thursday’s loss in Helsinki, the trip to struggling Dinamo Riga looked like an easier assignment on paper – and in the first period it seemed fairly straightforward on the ice as well. SKA had the better of the early exchanges and took a deserved lead into the first intermission thanks to Anton Burdasov’s goal 23 seconds before the hooter.
But it all changed when the teams emerged from locker rooms once again. It took just 37 seconds for Mikelis Redlihs to tie the scores, forcing the puck home at the second attempt after Lauris Darzins forced an error out of Yury Alexandrov on the boards.
Redlihs put Dinamo in front three minutes later with a powerful one-timer, wrapping up a move started by Darzins. Then in the 27th minute Andris Dzerins made it 3-1, turning the game on its head and leaving SKA with a battle on its hands.
Andrei Kuteikin got a goal b ...