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Riga ''Dinamo'' takes 2-0 series lead in KHL Hope Cup semis

Photo: LETA.
 RIGA, March 8 - On Thursday, Latvian ice hockey club Riga ''Dinamo'' hosted the second game of its Kontinental Ice Hockey League (KHL) Hope Cup semifinal series against Belarus ice hockey club Minsk ''Dynamo'', getting a 7:4 win.

''Dinamo'' won the opening game of the series on Wednesday 7:2. With this win, Riga takes a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

Roberts Bukarts scored two goals for the Latvia club, with Oskars Cibulskis, Arvids Rekis, Paul Szczechura, Jamie Johnson and Juris Upitis scoring a goal a piece. Meanwhile, Sergei Drozd and Janne Niskala scored two goals a piece for Minsk.

The third game of the series will be played on Monday in Minsk. If necessary, the fourth game will also be played in Minsk.

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 quarterfinals, and then defeated Ukrainian ice hockey club Donetsk ''Donbass'' three games to two 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.

The ten KHL teams that did not qualify for the playoffs are now competing in a special post-season tournament called the Hope Cup.
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