Useful lessons can be learnt from defeat

Dinamo hockey squad aim to return to true form
By Igor Leshin

After a shaky start to the season, leading to head coach Kari Heikkilд from Finland losing his position, the Minsk team are being guided by Alexander Andrievsky. Their luck is yet to change however. After a sensational defeat by Avtomobilist, ranked last in the championship, the team partially redeemed itself against Yugra. Sadly, their match against Avangard Omsk (for whom national forward Sergey Kostitsyn plays) led to another humiliation. Unfortunately, Kostitsyn indirectly helped the rival team score in the second half, when Frolov and Piganovich scored the second and third goals using his passes. The match finished with a confident win by Avangard of 5:3.

After Avangard, the Minskers faced a frustrating defeat from Kazakh Barys — 2:7. The Belarusian squad missed 17 pucks across three matches. Therefore, before the home match against Dinamo Riga, the coaching staff focused on reliable defence and managed to evoke a response from the players; the team beat D-namo Riga — 2:1. Dinamo Minsk will continue its home series of six matches after a ten day break in the CHL Championship, facing Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk on December 19th, Cherepovets’ Severstal on December 22nd, Donetsk Donbass on December 27th, Spartak Moscow on December 29th and Dinamo Riga again on January 3rd.
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