“Rīga” won Sakhalin’s “Akuli” with the guests 2: 0 (0: 0, 1: 0, 1: 0).
After the first two games of both teams on Wednesday and Thursday, where Rigans were in the role of hosts in Riga, the conditioned hosts in the matches of Friday and Saturday, which also take place in Riga, are Sakhalin’s “Akuli”.
Although “Rīga” threw more towards the opponents ‘goal, the Rigans took the lead only in the 33rd minute, when Miks Tumanovs deceived the opponent and passed Rūdolfs Polas, who shot the opponents’ goalkeeper.
In the 46th minute, the advantage was doubled by Kaspars Ziemiņš, to whom he successfully scored
Richard Benislavsky and Anton Sinegubov.
Ēriks Vītols repulsed 30 opponents’ shots in the goal of Rigans.
It has already been reported that the first match between the two teams was postponed indefinitely on Tuesday. The match was postponed because about ten positive cases of Covid-19 were found in the opposing team.
True, on Wednesday after the antibody tests, the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) gave the “green light” to the game. According to Sakhalin’s team, all hockey players tested negative in repeated Covid-19 tests.
On Wednesday, the people of Riga were superior with 3: 1, but on Thursday – with 8: 3. The two teams will also meet on Saturday.
“Riga” with 18 points in 15 games in the Western Conference ranks fourth among 17 teams.
Last season’s MHL team “Riga” head coach Raimonds Vilkoits and his assistant Alexander Niživijs joined the Continental Hockey League (KHL) team Riga “Dinamo” coaching staff, while Valērijs Kuļibaba and Sergejs Durdins took over their duties.
Last season, the Riga team took the seventh place in the regular conference in the Western Conference, but in the first round of the playoffs, Yaroslavl’s “Loko” gave up 0-3.