Buffalo Sabres forward Cody Hodgson had a hat trick today as Team Canada defeated Denmark 6-1 in another game of the 2014 IIHF World Championships in Minsk, Belarus.
Hodgson led the Canada team with three goals. He also had four penalty minutes and went 4-2 in the faceoff circle, and was named best player of the game for Team Canada, his first such honor at the World Championships.
He also accounted for eight of the team’s 46 shots on goal and played 13:50.
Overall, Hodgson now has five points (4-1) in four games in this year’s World Championships tournament, including a pair of game-winning goals. He leads Canada with 15 shots on goal.
Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers also made his mark in today’s win, notching an assist and ending the game a plus-1 in 18:28 ice time.
Myers has racked up a pair of assists and a plus-2 rating in four games played. He has yet to score, but has put up 118 shots on net – second-most on the team. Only Braydon Coburn and Jason Garrison have more – 121 each.
Today’s World Championships win saw Canda open the scoring 5:24 into the first period on Hodgson’s first goal of the night, assisted by Toronto’s Nazem Kadri and Nashville’s Ryan Ellis. Denmark tied it up shortly after on a goal by Vancouver’s Nicklas Jensen, and the teams ended the period tied at one.
Hodgson would score the lone goal of the second period unassisted, giving Canada the lead once again just over five minutes into the middle frame. That would be it until the third period, but Canada came out roaring and ready to roll.
Matt Read scored a pair of goals, including one shorthanded, within a span of less than two minutes to give Canada a sudden 4-1 lead. Kyle Turris assisted on both goals, while Jason Chimera and Tyler Myers added helpers on the first (Chimera) and second (Myers) goals.
Jonathan Huberdeau made it 5-1 before Hodgson completed the hat trick on the power play to make it 6-1 at the 10:24 mark. Ben Scrivens stopped 29 of 30 shots faced, while Patrick Galbraith stopped 40 shots for Denmark.
The Danish team for this year’s World Championships features six players who spent last season in North America, including Edmonton’s Philip Larsen, Philadelphia’s Oliver Lauridsen and Lake Erie Monsters defenseman Markus Lauridsen. The Vancouver Canucks have two representatives on Denmark – Nicklas Jensen and Jannis Hansen, and Phoenix’s Mikkel Boedker is also on his national team.
Next up for Canada in the World Championships is a game against Italy on Friday before they face Sweden on Sunday.