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Riga played an excellent defensive game against Severstal, but discipline was again an issue for Sergei Zubov's men. A late goal by Oskars Cibulskis sent the game to OT and Dinamo Riga will return home after a three-game road trip with one point more in the standings.

Severstal tried controlling the game but didn't cause problems to Mattsson until the tenth minute of the opening stanza, when Adam Liska was left alone at some three meters in front of the goal, but the Swedish goalie closed the gates. Dinamo Riga failed to reply and Severstal had another chance with Rooba, who missed the net from a favorable position just a couple of minutes later. However, finally the Latvian side managed to create some havoc in front of Shugayev's crease when Shinkaruk found Radil in front of an open net after a fast break - but once again, the forward missed the net. Near the end of the first period, Gints Meija was caught tripping Robert Rooba, and it was the first powerplay of the night. One minute in, and the hosts have another excellent chance as Jakob Stenqvist found Yegor Morozov right in front of the goalie. However, Mattsson was again in the right place as the teams ended the first period with the score tied at zero.

Dinamo Riga tried pushing the gas in the second period and had a nice shot on goal with Jere Karjalainen after just eight seconds. A couple of minutes later Radil had another excellent chance, but Shugayev won the duel. After a good minute of pressing in the offensive zone because of a delayed penalty, Riga had its first powerplay of the night. With the man advantage, Karjalainen tested Shugayev again without any luck. Once the teams returned to even strength, Severstal had a quick counter-attack with a three-on-two, but Mattsson stopped Rooba's shot for Severstal's first attempt in the middle stanza. A few moments later, Patriks Ozols was sent to the sin bin for Severstal's second powerplay of the game. This time, Dinamo's box play was excellent, but Jelisejevs was whistled a second penalty for a double-man advantage on the Steelers' side. This time, little could do Mattsson when Robin Press one-timed a middle-range pass by Stenqvist from a perfect position for the 1:0 Severstal's lead after a time-out called by Andrei Razin. Dinamo's awaited reply didn't come, and Severstal was close to the second goal when Liska failed to convert another great pass by Stenqvist. A few minutes later, the ref raised his hand again when Cibulskis was caught holding Yegor Morozov for yet another powerplay in the hosts' favor. "It was a close game, but the penalty removed the initiative from us. We need to get closer to the crease and try to score a goal in the third period," said Daniels Berzins in the second intermission.

Dinamo Riga started the closing frame one man short, then went on a powerplay almost right away. However, Dinamo Riga lacked creativity in the offensive zone and didn't create any danger in front of a well-focused Shugayev. Closer to the end of the period, Sergei Zubov's men pushed the gas and forced Adam Liska to a delay of game penalty. This time, Dinamo played it the right way and found the game-tying tally when a powerful blue line slapshot by Cibulskis found its way through traffic. It was the first goal of the year for the experienced D-man. However, lack of discipline again gave Dinamo problems when Hunter Shinkaruk was sent to the penalty box after a slashing on Robin Press in the offensive zone with about two minutes to the final hooter. Dinamo's box play closed all the gaps, and the game went to OT.

Extratime started with Severstal attacking, but Dinamo had the best chance in the first part when Shugayev had a fantastic double save on Poirier and Shinkaruk. On the other front, Mattsson saved his team after a close-range shot by Rooba stretching his left pad. However, Severstal concretized its territorial superiority with a fantastic effort by Igor Geraskin, who faked out Radil, then went top shelf on Mattsson with less than two minutes to go.

On the one hand, Dinamo Riga earned a precious point for the standings tonight. But on the other hand, the team is at the fourth straight game where it failed to score more than one goal. Work needs to be done on this aspect if the Latvian franchise wants to climb up the rankings.

"We had a good powerplay goal earlier on, then we failed to control our advantage in the third period," said Razin after the game. "However, I'm satisfied with the result, and a win over a Western Conference team it's not a mere two points, but something more".

"It was a hard game for us because it was the last of a road trip," Zubov said. "It was a good game, but we lost. We will work on our finishing - we had plenty of chances, but the puck didn't go in. And we also need to give our opponents so many powerplays."

Dinamo Riga will now return home and play its first of a two-game home series against HC Sochi on Monday.

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