In the penultimate match of the 2019 Nikolai Puchkov Memorial Tournament, SKA were too strong for HC Jokerit Helsinki, claiming a confident 4:1 triumph at the sold-out Saint Petersburg Ice Palace.
Defenseman Roman Rukavishnikov scored twice to give SKA a two-goal lead, but before the second frame was over, Viktor Loov got the Finnish visitors on the board.
Nevertheless, SKA managed to see out the game successfully in the third frame, as Nail Yakupov registered a third and Vladimir Tkachyov hit the ensuing empty net in the final moments.
As a result of this victory, SKA have been confirmed as the winners of the 2019 Nikolai Puchkov Memorial Tournament!
SKA - Jokerit - 4:1 (1:0, 1:1, 2:0)
1:0 Rukavishnikov (Plotnikov, Tkachyov), 03.46
2:0 Rukavishnikov (Barabanov, Rundblad), 21.30
2:1 Loov (Eronen, Ikonen), 22.23
3:1 Yakupov (Zub, Kemppainen), 43.42
4:1 Tkachyov, 59.48
Goalkeepers: Kochetkov - Kalnins
Shots on target: 26 - 25
Penalty minutes: 6 - 6
Faceoffs: 28 - 19
Hits: 13 - 9
Referees: Kulev, Kochetov