In Novosibirsk, SKA produced a productive display to battle past HC Sibir, earning a thrilling 6:4 triumph on the road in the 2020/2021 KHL regular season.
Forwards and new signings Yakov Trenin, Mikhail Maltsev and Dmitry Zavgorodniy all made their SKA debuts
Initially, Sibir did open up a commanding two-goal lead in the first period, as Viktor Komarov and Dmitry Sayustov managed to beat Mikhail Berdin.
Nevertheless, in a stunning second stanza, Andrei Kuzmenko, Vladimir Tkachyov, Yaroslav Dyblenko and Arseniy Brinkman all scored to suddenly hand SKA a 4:3 advantage.
In the ensuing third period, Anton Belov and Miro Aaltonen - with the net empty - both hit the target, in turn securing a 6:4 triumph after Sibir had made it 4:4 at the start of the frame.
SKA will now prepare to face Amur in Khabarovsk on October 2. Puck drop is scheduled for 12:00 Moscow time.
Sibir - SKA - 4:6 (2:0, 1:4, 1:2)
1:0 Komarov (Jokipakka), 08.11
2:0 Sayustov (Gurkin, Milovzorov), 16.40
2:1 Kuzmenko (Podkolzin), 32.32
3:1 Pastukhov, 34.16
3:2 Tkachyov (Nikolaev, Brinkman), 36.17
3:3 Dyblenko (Volodin), 37.35
3:4 Brinkman (Timkin, Zavgorodniy), 38.06
4:4 Shashkov (Alexeev, Romantsev), 43.42
4:5 Belov (Zavgorodniy, Podkolzin), 51.28
4:6 Aaltonen (Maltsev), 59.34
Goalkeepers: Sateri - Berdin
Shots on target: 29 - 30
Faceoffs: 29 - 32
Hits: 12 - 21
Penalty minutes: 16 - 8
Referees: Lavrentyev, Fateev