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Two MHL regular season games took place on February 18th. Dinamo-Raubichi hosted HC MVD, while Russkie Vityazi went on the road to face HK Riga.
‘The Policemen” had to get three points in the game against the last team in the standings after they had lost in Riga. Otherwise Sergei Petrenko’s side would put themselves in a very difficult situation in terms of making it to the playoffs. Moscow Region team did not enjoy a blowout win in Belarus but they still got a solid win, scoring four goals and allowing just one late in regulation. HC MVD dominated in the first 20 minutes of play and built a firm lead scoring three unanswered goals.
Artyom Leonov opened up the scoring at 05-49 with a powerplay marker. And then 12 minutes into the frame HC MVD added two more to their lead. Semyon Mzhelsky scored at 11-08 and just 19 seconds later Evgeny Volovlikov made it 3-0. In the second period of play the teams got a few minor penalties, while in the third stanza they traded goals. Pavel Demin improved HC MVD’s lead to 4-0 at 42-40. Home team scored a consolation goal late in regulation – Maxim Magaletsky stole a shutout from Georgy Kuznetsov, thus setting the final score at 4-1. HC MVD take three points on the road and they are now one point ahead Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk. Which one of the two teams will make the playoffs – we’ll find out next week.
Dinamo-Raubichi – HC MVD – 1-4 (0-3, 0-0. 1-1)
0-1 – Leonov (Zaitsev, Chebykin) – 05-49 PPG
0-2 – Mzhelsky (Toropchenko, Lipanov) – 11-08
0-3 – Volovlikov (Demin) – 11-27
0-4 – Demin (Zaitsev, Volovlikov) – 42-40
1-4 – Маgaletsky (Ivanovsky) – 54-18
Goaltenders: Rodik – Кuznetsov
Shots on goal: 22-31
Penalty Minutes: 8-10
HK Riga enjoyed another win on home ice as they beat Russkie Vityazi Moscow Region in a hard-fought game. First goal of the night came halfway through the second period of play – Stanislav Kandzyuba buried one past Gustavs Grigals. The teams headed to the dressing-rooms with the visiting team leading 1-0. However, Vityazi were in for a surprise – they met a whole new HK Riga in the final frame.
At 48-55 home team got what they were looking for. After a constant pressure on Russkie Vityazi Roberts Baranovskis found the back of the net to tie it up. Key moment of the game came with just under three minutes left to play in regulation. First Frenks Razgals put HK Riga in the lead and with just 16 seconds left on the clock Olegs Sislannikovs set the final score at 3-1. The Latvians won their second consecutive game but even this is unlikely to help them make it to the post-season this year. SKA-Serebryanye Lvy are way too far up ahead.
HK Riga – Russkie Vityazi – 3-1 (0-0, 0-1. 3-0)
0-1 – Кandzyuba (Skumatov, Gorokhov) – 28-09
1-1 – Baranovskis (Locans) – 48-55
2-1 – Razgals (Galoha) – 57-03
3-1 – Sislannikovs (Unassisted) – 59-44
Goaltenders: Grigals – Donenko
Shots on goal: 35-27
Penalty Minutes: 37-14