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Hughes has seven points to lead U.S. to win at World U-18 Championship

Projected No. 1 pick of 2019 NHL Draft ties tournament record with four goals, three assists

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

Jack Hughes, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, had four goals and three assists to help lead the United States to a 12-5 win against Slovakia in Group B preliminary-round play at the 2019 IIHF World Under-18 Championship at Fjallraven Center in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, on Friday.

Hughes' seven points tied the single-game tournament record set by Toni Rajala of Finland (three goals, four assists) against Norway at the 2009 tournament.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound center from USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Under-18 team, has eight points (four goals, four assists) in two games for the United States (2-0-0), which next plays Russia on Sunday (9:30 a.m. ET; NHLN).

Hughes, No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters eligible for the 2019 draft, has 100 points (29 goals, 71 assists) in 45 games this season. He has records for career assists (147) and points (216) in 105 games at the NTDP.

Right wing Cole Caufield (5-7, 162), No. 8 in Central Scouting's final list of North American skaters, had four goals and two assists against Slovakia. He has seven goals in two games and leads the tournament with nine points.

Caufield, who has seven goals in two games, is two from tying the U.S. single-tournament record of nine held by Phil Kessel (2005) and Brett Sterling (2002). Auston Matthews (2015) and Reid Boucher (2011) each scored eight goals at the tournament.

The single-tournament record for goals is 14, by Alex Ovechkin of Russia in 2002.

Caufield has 65 goals in 59 games this season and holds the NTDP career record with 119 in 118 games. His 91 points this season are second on the NTDP to Hughes.

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