The Riga “Dinamo” team will play four test matches in Finland this week in preparation for the Continental Hockey League (KHL) season. The first two are already behind them, they have suffered a loss – on Monday in the post-match throws, on Tuesday in overtime.
“The games were quite different. In the second game, the picture on the field was better. At the moment we are more focused on what our young hockey players look like, who will give the depth of the line-up.
The coach noted that he trusts the team’s first three forwards, in which Miks Indrašis, Lauris Dārziņš and Miķelis Rēdlihs play.
“The three we have right now, with Indraši-Dārziņš-Rēdlih, we are not looking at them. They are renewing their chemistry. There is a group of young hockey players from whom we need to understand who we can count on. That is our main goal.”
The team has relatively recently started preparing for the KHL season, which will start in early September. Several legionnaires have not yet managed to join the unit for test matches.
“Unfortunately, for various reasons, we will not be able to play any test game in the optimal lineup. First, we want to see what the young hockey players can show. The games, as I said, were different. There was more chaos yesterday, today we were more organized. Hockey is definitely Every day we get better and we have to get a little better. “
Ant admitted that he expects a better performance from the young hockey players. The coach’s praise was earned by defender Jānis Jaks, who also scored in the second test game.
“Honestly, unfortunately no – no one was surprised. We want to see a more connected game from the new ones. Now the situation between the young hockey players is more sad. I want to note Jānis Jaku, who has returned from North America and has a test contract so far. He is only a couple has been training and playing two games with us for days, Jānis looks very solid, he has tactical questions, but he has not trained with us, which is a positive moment, but the young people who are given the opportunity to play these games definitely need to show better quality hockey. . “
Skudra emphasized that it is not so important to look at the scoreboard in test matches.
“We don’t care about the result at all. We don’t try to be pre-season champions. I’ve been a pre-season champion and lost a lot of test games – it has nothing to do with the regular championship. So we don’t care about the result. The downside is that there are things we’ve worked on tactically and we wanted to see something more connected.But at the same time, we realize that the work we want to do in full force is very difficult this year.We have probably done one training in full force.For various reasons, a large group of hockey players are not “Someone will come to two games, but someone won’t come and stay in Riga at all. Objectively speaking, the corps of coaches is not much more than the players. We are focusing on getting our hockey more connected every day.”