In Saint Petersburg, SKA defeated reigning KHL Gagarin Cup champions HC Ak Bars for the second time in the 2018/2019 regular season, earning an emphatic 5:1 victory!
Usually, matches against Ak Bars are tight affairs, but this was anything but as SKA ran riot at the Ice Palace.
The game was practically over as a contest in the first period. Fired up for the match, SKA scored three, with Patrik Hersley launching a slap shot into the net before Sergei Plotnikov netted twice on the slot to make it 3:0.
Early in the second, our players increased the advantage to four, with Andrei Kuzmenko hitting the jackpot from the left faceoff circle. Nail Yakupov then tallied a marker against the Tatars, but before the frame was over, Paul Postma got Ak Bars on the board.
SKA saw the match out in the third to claim a huge 5:1 win! The next KHL match will take place against HC Dynamo in Moscow on December 10.
SKA - Ak Bars - 5:1 (3:0, 2:1, 0:0)
1:0 Hersley (Khafizullin, Gusev), 07.22
2:0 Plotnikov (Datsyuk, Tokranov), 12.09
3:0 Plotnikov (Prokhorkin, Hersley), 19.14
4:0 Kuzmenko (Tokranov, Datsyuk), 24.30
5:0 Yakupov (Karpov, Kablukov), 28.55
5:1 Postma (Glukhov), 33.03
Goalkeepers: Shestyorkin - Podyapolsky/Garipov
Shots on target: 29 - 21
Faceoffs: 28 - 28
Hits: 11 - 24
Penalty minutes: 4 - 10
Referees: Gofman, Romasko