In the first match of this 2019/2020 KHL regular season away series, SKA got the better of HC Sochi, claiming a tense 1:0 victory at the Bolshoi Arena.
Jori Lehtera, who connected with a neat pass from Vladimir Tkachyov on the doorstep, scored the only goal of the game in the first period.
Young goalkeeper Alexei Melnichuk stopped all 16 shots he faced. SKA will next play Dynamo Moscow in the Russian capital on Thursday.
HC Sochi - SKA - 0:1 (0:1, 0:0, 0:0)
0:1 Lehtera (Plotnikov, Tkachyov), 09.12
Goalkeepers: Shikin - Melnichuk
Shots on target: 16 - 27
Faceoffs: 25 - 35
Hits: 25 - 16
Penalty minutes: 6 - 6
Referees: Bondar, Fateev