Hodgson scores hat trick as Canada dominates Denmark

Canada's Cody Hodgson (centre) celebrates his goal against Denmark with teammates during the world...

Canada's Cody Hodgson (centre) celebrates his goal against Denmark with teammates during the world hockey championship at Chizhovka Arena in Minsk, Belarus, May 15, 2014. (VASILY FEDOSENKO/Reuters)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:51 PM ET

Buffalo Sabres forward Cody Hodgson scored a hat trick Thursday as Canada dominated Denmark for a third straight win at the world hockey championship.

Philadelphia Flyers forward Matt Read potted two goals and Florida Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau added another en route to a 6-1 victory in Minsk, Belarus.

“As a team, we had a strategy of wearing (the Danes) down and keeping pucks in their end, and eventually that showed in the third period, as we had so much possession time,” Hodgson told IIHF.com.

Canada peppered Denmark goalie Patrick Galbraith with 46 shots. Edmonton Oilers netminder Ben Scrivens made 29 saves at the other end.

Vancouver Canucks winger Nicklas Jensen provided the lone goal for Denmark.

“It was a big win for the guys,” Washington Capitals winger Troy Brouwer said. “We’re putting ourselves in a good situation in the round-robin here. It’s all you can ask for right now.”

With three wins and a shootout loss, Canada leads Group A with 10 points.

Next game for the Canuck squad is against Italy on Friday.


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