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Top-ranked Jack Hughes nets three goals and one assist as USA clobbers Finland 6-0 in the U-18 quarterfinals

by Marc Ciampa /

Top-ranked North American skater Jack Hughes netted a hat trick, an assist and was +3 with six shots on goal to lead Team USA to a 6-0 win over Finland at the World U-18 Championship, advancing to the tournament semifinals. 

Hughes registered a natural hat trick, scoring USA's second, third and fourth goals of the game. He also assisted on Cole Caufield's goal in the third period which made it 5-0 for the Americans. 

Hughes now leads the tournament with 16 points and holds the record for points in the World U-18 tournament among Americans with 28 (he had 12 last year). He's three points back of Alex Ovechkin's record of 31 points for the tournament's all-time record. 

Next up for USA is a semi-final game against Russia starting at 9:30 a.m. ET on Saturday. 

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