NIZHNY NOVGOROD – Should Dinamo Riga move into the Western Conference semifinals, they will need to win games six and seven to do so following their 4-3 loss to Torpedo on Tuesday night.
With Chris Holt again absent through injury, Maris Jucers was in charge of goaltending duties for a second consecutive game.
Like the game previous, it was far from a perfect start for Jucers with Juuso Hietanen taking less than two-and-a-half minutes to pick up Torpedo's opening goal.
Less than two minutes later however, and Marcel Hossa evened the ledger after being set up by Niclas Lucenius and the leading defender in the KHL in February, Guntis Galvins.
The high-scoring start to the game was set to continue and before the opening ten minutes were up, Torpedo already had their second goal through Vladimir Gorbunov.
After providing the assist on his team's opening goal, Lucenius then scored his team's next on power play in the 14th minute to once more have scores tied up. H
ossa returned the favor by helping out with the assist alongside Rodrigo Lavins.
With time running out in the opening period, Torpedo struck a killer blow, scoring through Ilya Krikunov who caught Pekka Rautakallio's men napping, picking up his team's third just a second out from the buzzer.
Torpedo then moved ahead further in the 35th minute with Mikhail Varnokov scoring his team's fourth whilst Maris Bicevskis looked on from the penalty box.
In the 57th minute Janis Sprukts gave the men in a maroon a glimmer of hope by bringing the deficit back to a goal after being set up Martins Karsums and Galvins on a power play.
However in the final three minutes, Dinamo Riga were not able to force the third overtime of the playoff series with a fourth goal fail to materialize.
Dinamo Riga now return home on Thursday to play in a must-win game six.