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Hughes puts up four goals and three assists for seven points in USA's 12-5 win.

by Marc Ciampa /

Top-ranked North American skater Jack Hughes had an unbelievable performance in USA's second game of the tournament with four goals and three assists for seven points as the Americans routed Slovakia 12-5 at the World Under-18 Championship in Sweden on Friday. He also had nine shots on goal. 

Cole Caufield, who had four goals and six points playing alongside Hughes, talked about playing with the top-ranked player. 

"Playing with him (Hughes) makes things a lot easier," he said. "I think we read off each other pretty well, and things have been going pretty well so far in the tournament." 

Hughes broke the single-game record of seven points in one game at this tournament. He also tied the record for most points in a period with five. Caufield and Hughes tied the record for most goals in a game with four, a record shared by Marian Gaborik and Alex Ovechkin. 

His first goal came early in the second period to give USA a 4-1 lead. Hughes then scored 1:55 into the final frame which made it 6-2 USA and then another just past the midway point and his fourth of the game with just over four minutes to play. 

Next up for USA is Russia on Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ET. 

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