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''Dinamo'' lose to ''Donbass'' in opening game of Hope Cup quarterfinals

Photo: LETA.
 RIGA, Feb 27 - In the opening Kontinental Ice Hockey League (KHL) Hope Cup quarterfinal series game on Tuesday, Latvian ice hockey club Riga ''Dinamo'' lost to Ukrainian ice hockey club Donetsk ''Donbass'' 2:3.

Martins Karsums and Gunars Skvorcovs scored the goals for ''Dinamo'', while Clay Wilson, Evgenii Dadanov and Kukas Kaspar scored the goals for ''Donbass''.

The first team to win three games in the series will qualify for the semifinals of the Hope Cup.

The second game of the series will be played out tonight in Riga. The match will be played at ''Arena Riga'' and will kick-off at 7:30 p.m. The match will also be broadcast live on ''Viasat Sport Baltic''.

As reported, Riga ''Dinamo'' defeated Russian ice hockey club Nizhny Novgorod ''Torpedo'' on aggregate in the qualification round of the Hope Cup to advance to the semifinals.
LETA also reported, Riga ''Dinamo'' finished the KHL's regular season in 14th place in the Western Conference and did not qualify for the KHL playoffs.

This is the first time in team history ''Dinamo'' did not qualify for the KHL playoffs.
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