For the second time in five days, SKA came up short against HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, this time conceding a slender 2:3 defeat at the Saint Petersburg Ice Palace.
After Neftekhimik had opened the scoring, Maxim Karpov equalised for SKA in the second stanza, before Nail Yakupov gave our team the lead early in the third.
However, the away side promptly equalised, and they went on to tally the extra point in the ensuing penalty shootout.
SKA will now prepare for an away series.
SKA - Neftekhimik - 2:3 SO (0:1, 1:0, 1:1, 0:0 - 0:1)
0:1 Mitchell (Poryadin, White), 02.58
1:1 Karpov (Tkachyov, Tokranov), 31.29
2:1 Yakupov, 43.15
2:2 Paygin (White), 46.01
2:3 Mitchell, 65.00
Goalkeepers: Samonov - Sharychenkov
Shots on target: 31 - 17
Faceoffs: 35 - 21
Hits: 25 - 19
Penalty minutes: 13 - 11
Referees: Gofman, Lavrentyev