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KAZAN, Russia- Dinamo Rīga has come up short again on Sunday, falling 2-1 to hosts Ak Bars.
Having managed to salvage a point from their last outing, Sunday saw another below par performance from Dinamo Rīga who has now failed to win a game in their last four outings. What is of more concern in the positioning on the points table of the teams they are losing too.
Like their game against Neftekhimik on Friday night, the scorers were again untroubled in the opening period of Dinamo Rīga’s game in Kazan.
What was however concerning for Dinamo Rīga in the opening period was them needing a forced timeout in the seventh minute with goalie Chris Holt taken from the ice to be replaced by Mikael Tellqvist.
The game continued in similar fashion in the second third as both teams threatened on a number of occasions only to come up short in their efforts of opening the scoring, sending the teams into the final period still deadlocked at nil-all.
The first ten minutes of the final quarter kept in line with the previous 40 minutes, with the sides again struggling to put together any solid goal scoring opportunities with the game looking like heading for overtime.
However what was about to unfold was in stark contrast to the first 50 minutes of play with three goals coming in quick succession.
The first went to Ak Bars in the 53rd minute but Mārtiņš Karsums was able to tie the game back up less than three minutes later, feeding off the build up work from team mates Ģirts Ankipāns and Aleksandrs Ņiživijs.
Ak Bars wasted little time in striking again, adding the telling goal a further two minutes on, leaving Dinamo Rīga searching desperately for an equalizer in a little over the remaining two minutes of play.
With 1:30 remaining in the game, Tellqvist was pulled from the ice but it would prove to be vein, with Ak Bars holding on for the victory.