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Norway beats Denmark, faces Russia in quarter-finals

Norway’s national hockey team scored another victory in the hockey world championships in Stockholm on Tuesday, beating Denmark by a score of 6-2. They already had qualified for the quarter-finals but now face very tough competition indeed.

The Norwegians have been having a great time at the world championships, during which one of their top players even managed to break away to rush home to be present at the birth of his second child on Tuesday. Marius Holtet, age 27, arrived in time and became father to a little girl in Karlstad, Sweden, where he plays professional hockey.

He’ll be back in Stockholm in time for the important quarter-finals match on Thursday, when Norway faces the powerhouse Russian national squad. There will be more cause for celebration regardless of the outcome, though, since Thursday is Norway’s important 17th of May Constitution Day.

It’s the first time Norway has advanced to a world championship quarter final in years. Russia has added two of its stars to its team for Thursday but that doesn’t scare the Norwegians. Captain Ole-Kristian Tollefsen thinks it can be an advantage.

“We’ve seen before that there can be too many stars on a team,” Tollefsen told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). “Something happens to the third- and fourth string. They give up and figure the super-stars will take over.

“We, on the other hand, have a fourth string that’s always ready to give all they’ve got.”

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