In the opening match of the 2021 Sochi Hockey Open, SKA managed to tally a routine victory against competition hosts HC Sochi, winning by a confident score of 3:0.
Following an uneventful first period, Kirill Marchenko broke the deadlock in the 30th minute of play when clean through, before Igor Ozhiganov converted on the powerplay exactly eight minutes later.
Joonas Kemppainen iced it with an empty-netter in the third period, with solid goalkeeper Alexander Samonov stopping all 22 Sochi shots he faced to earn a shutout.
SKA will now prepare to face Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg tomorrow at 19:30 local time.
HC Sochi - SKA - 0:3 (0:0, 0:2, 0:1)
0:1 Marchenko (Pautov), 29.29
0:2 Ozhiganov (Burdasov), 37.29
0:3 Kemppainen (Galimov), 58.31
Goalkeepers: Hellberg - Samonov
Shots on target: 22 - 29
Faceoffs: 18 - 35
Hits: 15 - 24
Penalty minutes: 14 - 4
Referees: Romasko, Fateev