In the first match of the 2019 Sochi Hockey Open, SKA conceded a narrow 1:2 defeat to the competition hosts.
During the first period, the home team gained the lead on the powerplay, before they doubled their advantage in the second.
However, with 15 minutes remaining, Viktor Tikhonov got SKA back to within one.
In the closing stages, SKA piled plenty of pressure on HC Sochi, but the equaliser didn't come.
HC Sochi - SKA - 2:1 (1:0, 1:0, 0:1)
1:0 Khlopotov (Nazarevich, Altybarmakyan), 18.51
2:0 Starkov (Tomilin, Rakhimullin), 37.11
2:1 Tikhonov (Dergachyov, Li), 45.03
Goalkeepers: Proskuryakov - Hellberg
Shots on target: 22 - 27
Faceoffs: 19 - 25
Hits: 8 - 15
Referees: Olenin, Belyaev