Dinamo Riga get their first win with Krikunov
After being stuck in the airport for many hours due to weather conditions - Dinamo Riga had finally arrived in Nizhny-Novgorod shorty prior to the game against Torpedo to begin their two-game road trip. Another hurdle to overcome but Riga knew their task at hand despite anything else going on.
Dinamo Riga earn a point in Krikunov’s debut
Another day, another game for Dinamo Riga, and once again huge changes were made before the fourth meeting against Severstal this season. Valerijs Kulibaba no longer the main man on the bench has been replaced by Dinamo Riga legend - Vladimir Krikunov. Another attempt to reset things for the Latvian franchise hoping to crawl out of a hole.
Dinamo Riga finish road trip with a shootout loss
Dinamo Riga were set to close out their road series where they are yet to see a W added to their total. They lost against HC Sochi in the opener and in a game where they came close to snatching two points - Ak Bars poured cold water over their hopes with a comeback with just ten minutes remaining. Final task at hand - Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk.
Ak Bars shock Dinamo Riga in the third to hand them a loss
Dinamo Riga was heading into their second road game of a three game series. Their opener was against HC Sochi where the team managed to lose in a match that wasn’t action packed and the outcome was determined by only a goal - 0:1. Now a bigger opponent came in, Ak Bars Kazan whom Riga had faced just five days ago.
Sochi take points from Dinamo Riga in a close contest
Dinamo Riga was set to begin their three-game road trip after having an extended period of on-ice action at home and having lost against Ak Bars they now moved on to play HC Sochi. An important opponent in an important game to try and manage a return to the winning ways.
Home stretch ends with a loss for Dinamo Riga
A six game home-stand for Dinamo Riga came to an end this time facing off against one of KHL’s powerhouses - Ak Bars Kazan. Statistically speaking the visitors had an upper hand having won 18 times in 25 meetings. Prior to the match Ak Bars sat 4th in the Eastern Conference while Dinamo Riga were 10th and looking to close the gap to the play-off zone.
Dinamo Riga holds on to earn two points
The international break is over and Dinamo were set to continue their long home-stretch that hasn't been as successful as they would have wanted as they entered the game with two consecutive losses. Their opponent Admiral on the other hand is one a seven-game road trip in which they previously beat the Vityaz team. When both sides met earlier this season in Vladivostok - Riga came on top with a score of 2:1.
Edgars Buncis - the man behind Dinamo Riga
Edgars Buncis - a hockey executive with plenty of experience and a big portfolio but one that has never played a game at a very high level. He isn’t your typical coach or general manager but he brings a lot to the table when you have to do business. Since March of 2021 the 46-year-old has been the GM of KHL’s Dinamo Riga team.
Dinamo Riga fall against Jokerit
Dinamo Riga was heading into their final game prior to entering the national team break. This time their task was to face the team that has handed them the toughest loss yet - 8:0 in their first meeting shortly after Sergei Zubov left the team. Riga also hasn’t had a victory against Finnish side in their last seven meetings. A rough patch that they would have to get over
Convincing home victory for Dinamo Riga
Dinamo Riga continues their home stretch this time taking on the Dynamo Moscow team in a derby that has always been enjoyable for viewers and those that are out there on the ice. Prior to the contest Riga side sat tenth in the Western conference standings while Dynamo side had placed themselves at the third spot.
Jokerit swept Dinamo Riga off with a dominant performance
Jokerit came in to Sunday’s game being second in the Western Conference. Dinamo on the other hand were in 10th place, two points away from the playoff spot. The teams faced each other the first time in this season. The Helsinki team had won both preseason games against Dinamo.
Severstal continues their perfect run against Dinamo Riga
Dinamo Riga is back on the road - this time to fight against their nemesis of this season - Severstal Cherepovets. It’s hard to imagine a harder game to play than the one Riga would have to get through tonight, a four-point duel and them going through massive changes. Riga is without their head coach - Sergei Zubov who stepped down in the morning when the team had to fly to their first destination of a two-game road trip.
High scoring game gives Dinamo Riga a point against Metallurg
Red hot Dinamo Riga are back home for a game and would look to extend their winning streak. A lone home game in the Latvian capital means a chance to get to four victories in a row. The opponent that has arrived won’t be an easy task - Metallurg has been by far one of the most hot if not the hottest team early on in the season. Dinamo haven’t had much luck against their opponent as of late having lost four in a row at home to Metallurg and their last win dating back to December of 2016. If there’s a chance to take two points at home it would be right now and Riga were confident that they can achieve that.
Dinamo Riga book two points in a thriller at home
After a very hard earned victory at home against Sibir Dinamo Riga continued their two-game home stand this time taking on another eastern conference team - Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk - a team that has come fresh off of a victory against very good yet struggling Helsinki Jokerit side.
Incredible performance by Mattsson hands Dinamo Riga two points
After netting four points on their far east road trip - Dinamo Riga is back home for a two-game homestand and a chance to claw towards eight place and the play-off zone. Their task at hand won’t be easy because straight off the bat they host Sibir Novosibirsk - a team that they lost against with a score of 1-3 just less than a week ago.
Penalty loaded game gives Dinamo Riga a point against Sochi
Dinamo Riga was set to finish off their lengthy four game road trip against their nemesis - HC Sochi. In previous 19 occasions when both sides met on the ice - the guest side had prevailed just once in regulation and prior to their first meeting of the season, they didn’t have any kind of victory on home turf but that changed when Riga beat them with a score of 2:1 just a few weeks ago.
Lack of consistency hands Dinamo Riga another loss
Dinamo Riga continues their four-game road trip this time visiting Sibir Novosibirsk. Riga came in fresh off of a victory against Admiral and would be looking to extend their winning ways. An important game because Riga will have to face their opponent twice within six days.
Radil’s first goal brings Dinamo Riga a victory against Admiral
Still on the road - Riga would be looking for a victory against a team that has struggled even more than they have so far. Admiral has earned just two victories in 12 matches they have played so far and for a good reason - the team was assembled towards the end of the off-season.
No goals for Dinamo Riga to finish their home stand
Dinamo Riga continued their two game home stretch this time taking on the visitors - the Severstal team from Cherepovets. Riga are coming off of a victory against Sochi - defeating their opponent on the home-soil for the first time in history while Severstal have taken off and have put together a very consistent stretch and currently are riding a three-game winning streak.
Undisciplined hockey brings Dinamo Riga yet another loss
The biggest task at hand so far this season for Dinamo Riga was to stop the Moscow Dynamo team. A Dinamo derby has always brought entertaining hockey and has a ton of history. The hosts have started the season with a perfect 6-0-0 record while Riga has shown some spark at times and also has had some not so great moments and currently hold a record of 3-5-0.
Riga Begin Their Road Trip With A Loss Against Spartak
Dinamo Riga went on to play on the road for the second time this season. In the road trip opener they had to face-off against Moscow Spartak side - a team that has great offence and it was clear that the visitors would have to keep their defensive walls tight in order to fight for two points in the standings. This was also an opportunity for Dinamo to earn their third victory in a row, something that they haven’t accomplished since February of 2019. Meanwhile Spartak have been off to a good start winning the first three games of the season, then losing two games against big boys SKA and CSKA.
Positives And Negatives Of Dinamo Riga So Far
Seven games into the new season Dinamo Riga have found themselves moments of sadness and moments of happiness. From big wins to big loses - the consistency and the correct path to playoffs is yet to be found. Just like everywhere in life there are positives and negatives and that’s what we are going to look at today - what they have done well and where they have to improve.
Two quick goals in the first seal another home victory for Dinamo Riga
For the first time this season Dinamo Riga has managed to earn two victories in a row, after defeating Barys Nur-Sultan at home with a score 3:2. Johan Mattsson turned away 30 of 32 shots he faced and Frank Corrado, Sebastian Wannstrom and Emile Poirier were the goal scorers allowing their team at least for a short while climb up to eight place in the conference.