Former SCSU players Oliver Lauridsen, Patrick Russell help Denmark reach quarterfinals
Danes beat Latvia 3-2 in qualifying game. Denmark will play the Russian Olympic Committee team on Wednesday in the quarterfinals
BEIJING — Former St. Cloud State players Patrick Russell and Oliver Lauridsen have helped Denmark reach another milestone.
Denmark beat Latvia 3-2 on Tuesday in an Olympic men's hockey playoffs qualifying game. Denmark, playing in its first Olympics in men's hockey, will play the Russian Olympic Committee on Wednesday in the quarterfinals.
Russell, a 29-year-old forward who played for the Huskies from 2014-16, had a team-leading four shots on goal and played 21 minutes, 44 seconds against Latvia. Russell, who is playing his first professional season for Linkopings HC in Sweden, has three assists and is a plus-2 in the Olympics.
Lauridsen, a 32-year-old defenseman who played for St. Cloud State from 2008-11, played 20:24 for Denver against Latvia. Lauridsen, who is playing his second pro season for the Malmo Redhawks in Sweden, has an assist and is a plus-1 in the Olympics.
Lauridsen's younger brother, Markus, scored the game-winning goal at 1:45 on the power play for Denmark. Markus Lauridsen also plays for the Malmo Redhawks.