MINSK, Belarus - Cody Hodgson scored a hat trick as Canada defeated Denmark 6-1 at the world hockey championship on Thursday at Chizhovka Arena.

Hodgson scored Canada's first two goals, then completed the hat trick in the third period to lead the way in a blowout. Matt Read scored twice and Jonathan Huberdeau added his first of the tournament as Canada won for the third time in four games.

Ben Scrivens made 29 saves in his second start, giving up just a two-on-one goal to Nicklas Jensen, who plays for the Vancouver Canucks.

Patrick Galbraith, Denmark's goalie who plays in the Swedish Hockey League, made 40 saves on 46 shots.

Canada faces Italy on Friday.

Hodgson's career in the NHL has been a progression, especially since the Vancouver Canucks traded him to the Buffalo Sabres for Zack Kassian at the 2012 trade deadline.