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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

Ice Hockey - Men's Play-offs Qualifications - Denmark v Latvia
Former St. Cloud State forward Patrick Russell (63) of Denmark looks to tip the puck in front of Latvia goalie Ivars Punnenovs and defenseman Oskars Cibulskis in an Olympic men's hockey playoffs qualifying game on Feb. 15, 2022, at Wukesong Sports Centre in Beijing, China.

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.

Ice Hockey - Men's Play-offs Qualifications - Denmark v Latvia
Former St. Cloud State defenseman Oliver Lauridsen (25) of Denmark battles for position with Latvia forward Oskars Batna (95) in action behind Denmark goalie Sebastian Dahm (32) in an Olympic men's hockey playoff qualifier on Feb. 15, 2022, at Wukesong Sports Centre, Beijing, China.

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.


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Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage TheRinkLive.com, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014. mhatten@forumcomm.com

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