In the Ice Palace, the "From A Pure Heart" match took place between SKA Friends and Team Kovalchuk. Over the past seven years, this charity game has taken place in different Russian cities. This was the second time when it was hosted by Saint Petersburg.
For this game, SKA Friends and Team Kovalchuk competed against each other. Representatives of the city's first sledge-hockey team Emin Guseynov and Alexei Lysov dropped the puck for the match. SKA's board was represented by president Gennady Timchenko, vice-president Roman Rotenberg (who scored four goals), general director Andrei Tochitsky and SKA Academy sporting director Ilya Gorbushin. World stars Evgeny Malkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alexander Radulov played, as well as some SKA first team players and politcial and show business figures.
It turned out to be a comfortable SKA Friends win, as they beat Team Kovalchuk 11:5!
Ten million roubles were raised during the event, which was HC SKA and the "From A Clean Heart" organisation with support from the Russian government. All funds will go towards athletes and children with disabilities.
SKA Friends - Team Kovalchuk - 11:5 (5:1, 4:2, 2:2)
0:1 Kovalchuk (Malkin), 01.20
1:1 Kamensky (Butman, Kovalenko), 02.56
2:1 Rotenberg (Kasatonov), 06.27
3:1 Rotenberg (Datsyuk, Voynov), 11.47
4:1 Rachuk (Drozdetsky), 13.40
5:1 Pokrovsky (Drozdetsky, Kovalenko), 19.33
6:1 Datsyuk (Kovalenko, Yudin), 23.22
7:1 Rotenberg (Yudin), 26.32
7:2 Kovalchuk (Malkin), 29.40
8:2 Rachuk (Kuznetsov), 31.54
8:3 Epanchintsev (Radulov, Zhamnov), 35.20
9:3 Rotenberg (Timchenko), 37.17
9:4 Kalinin (Kovalchuk), 40.43
10:4 Zubarev (Kuznetsov, Kovalenko), 43.50
11:4 Butman (Gusev, Kamensky), 46.46
11:5 Plutnik (Radulov, Kovalchuk), 47.50
Goalkeepers: Sokolov/Bunin - Ekshembiev/Zotov
Referees: Kulev, Mikhaevich
19.08.2017. Ice Palace, Saint Petersburg. Attendance 7750.