“Riga” wins “Akuli” hit by Covid-19 in MHL match

Rudolf Polcs Photo: HKR

On Wednesday, the “Riga” team celebrated the victory of the Russian Youth Hockey League (MHL) in a regular championship game.

The Rigans beat Sakhalin’s “Akuli” team 3: 1 (1: 1, 1: 0, 1: 0) in their field.

It has already been reported that on Tuesday the first match between the two teams was postponed indefinitely. The match was reportedly postponed because about ten positive cases of Covid-19 were found in the opposing team.

However, on Wednesday, after the antibody tests, the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) gave the game a “green light”. According to Sakhalin’s team, all hockey players tested negative in repeated Covid-19 tests.

After a minute and a half, the guests took the lead, but in the 16th minute Harry Schmid equalized the result. In the first half of the second period, Rūdolfs Spilva gained the lead for the home team, which was strengthened by Kristaps Skrastiņš in the third minute of the third third – 3: 1.

Mutual games for both teams in Latvia are also planned on Friday and Saturday. Tuesday’s match is expected to be postponed to Thursday, so the teams will compete with each other for four days in a row.

The Riga team with 14 points in 13 games in the Western Conference ranks sixth among 17 Western group teams.

Last season’s MHL team “Riga” head coach Raimonds Vilkoits and his assistant Aleksandrs 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 Western Conference in the regular championship, but in the first round of the playoffs, Yaroslavl’s “Loko” gave up 0-3.

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