“Rīga” won Sakhalin’s “Akuli” with the guests 2: 1 (0: 0, 2: 0, 0: 1), celebrating the fifth success in a row.
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”.
The people of Riga also controlled the puck more often in the fourth mutual duel, however, the first 20 minutes ended in a draw, although “Rīga” was playing in the big numerical majority at one time.
After three minutes in the second third, “Riga” managed to “unlock” the opponents’ goal, but the referee later, after watching the replay, decided that the Rigans from the “Akuli” goalkeeper pulled the puck from the catch glove, as a result of which the board still scored 0: 0. In the 13th minute, Miks Tumanovs took the initiative. The attacker slipped into the opponent’s defense zone, deceived two opponents and sent the puck to the goalkeeper between the legs. Less than two minutes before the end of the second period, Deniss Fyodorov corrected the shot by Emil Ginter in front of the goal, achieving a two-goal lead.
In the third period, the Rigans did not score, but less than three minutes before the end of the match, Fyodor Kormačovs scored 1: 2.
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, on Thursday – with 8: 3, but on Friday the victory was celebrated with the result 2: 0.
“Riga” with 20 points in 16 games in the Western Conference ranks third 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.