SKA settled the score for their last season loss to Kuzbass under the harsh Siberian winter condition.
Almost a year ago (December 22, 2017) Kuzbass succeeded in exploiting a short bench situation on our hometown team roster, having won their home ice game, 4-3. The result had been staying with the SKA players as a huge blow to the team's ego. They stuck together to redeem themselves for it, although this time it wasn't that easy to do.
Right on the eve of the forthcoming game the mercury had fallen drastically, around -30C, thus the SKA coaching team had to cancel their ice time prior to the game. It stood to reason that the game may have been taken indoors, because the hosts have a comfortable "roofed" arena at their disposal. Instead, they decided to play outdoors. There were rumors flying around that it was done to offset a visiting team skill and technique advantage in order to axe a three game losing streak.
Even if this plan was thought up, it didn't pan out for Kuzbass. Erik Pettersson connected for the winners twice in the first half to bring SKA another modest, but so important victory, having pushed our hometown team up the ladder away from their chasers.
On the 28th SKA will face off with Sibselmash in the very last game of 2018.