The main attraction today was supposed to be a Karjala Cup rematch of netminders Stefan Liv and Fredrik Norrena
. But what was supposed to be a demonstration of technical goaltending mastery unexpectedly turned ugly in a brawl marred 4-4 tie between Linkopings and HV-71. Shockingly, Norrena was given a major for fighting and a game misconduct for his involvement in a wild multi-player donnybrook that saw 103 minutes in penalties handed out at 3:47 in overtime on the heels of a tustle involving defenseman Andreas Holmqvist
and Jens Karlsson just 7 seconds earlier.
Norrena took a no decision as a consequence of his extracurriculars and will now await disciplinary action likely involving a multi-game suspension in the Elitserien. Fighting is rare enough in Sweden, fighting as a [i]goaltender[/i] is unheard of and a goaltender going after a skater is an incredible happening on any continent.