VIDEO: Sweden, Russia brawl after World Juniors semifinal game
Players from Sweden and Russia engaged in a mini brawl after the Swedes earned a 2-1 win to advance to the gold-medal game.
Sweden defeated Russia in a hotly-contested semifinal game to advance to the gold-medal game at the World Junior Championship. As the horn sounded, a brawl erupted between Swedish and Russian players on the ice.
Fighting is not allowed at the World Junior Championship or in international hockey at all.
The worst of it looked to come after Swedish defenseman Jesper Pettersson (No. 6 in the GIF) came out of the penalty box and jumped Russian defenseman Andrei Mironov. The two traded punches on the ice, with Mironov ending up with a bloody nose. Here's a better look at Pettersson coming out of the box:
The two only received coincidental minors for roughing, meaning they avoided match penalties, which would have brought forth automatic one-game suspensions. Both still risk supplemental discipline at the hands of the IIHF, however. That would mean one of them (likely Pettersson if that’s the case) or both could be ruled ineligible for their respective medal games.
UPDATE: Pettersson has a hearing Sunday morning with the IIHF disciplinary panel for his role in the altercation. He risks being suspended for the gold-medal game which will be played Sunday night in Malmo.
Tempers flare when a gold-medal and national pride are on the line, but the players that engaged in the brawl really put their team in a tough spot going forward.
(h/t @PeteBlackburn for GIF)
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