BLAINE — Carson Riddle is on a tear.
And, just as Austin Bruins coach Steve Howard hoped would happen, the team has gone as its captain has gone.
Riddle scored a goal and added two assists on Friday, and Niko Goich stopped 12 of the 13 shots he faced in his debut in goal for the Bruins, as Austin dominated the New Jersey Titans from start to finish in a 4-1 North American Hockey League victory on Friday.
The Bruins improved to 3-0-0 this season, all three of those wins coming at the season-opening NAHL Showcase. The Bruins look to sweep their four games at the Showcase when they meet the Minnesota Magicians at 5:45 p.m. Saturday.
As for Friday's game, Riddle — a fourth-year Bruin and the team's captain — continued his torrid early season scoring pace. His three points against the Titans give him nine for the season, in just three games.
Second-year Bruin Jens Richards also scored for a third straight game, while Bruins rookie Dylan Gajewski and second-year veteran Braidan Simmons-Fischer added a goal apiece. Just like Riddle and Richards, Gajewski has also recorded at least a point in all three of Austin's games.
Riddle, a Western Michigan University commit, had four points in Austin's season-opening win against Wichita Falls (Texas) on Wednesday, then added a goal and an assist on Thursday in a win against Fairbanks.
Friday, he scored 6:18 into the third period to extend Austin's lead to 3-0. He also assisted on Gajewski's goal just 35 seconds into the game that put the Bruins ahead for good.
Richards made it 2-0 with hsi fourth goal of the season, on a power play, with 47 seconds to play in the second period.
Simmons-Fischer added an insurance goal on a power play in the game's final minute.
Like Riddle, Sutter Muzzatti had two assists in the win, while Marian Haborak, Alex Trombley and Jack Malinski had one assist each.
Goich, a 6-4, 170-pound 17-year-old from Homer Glen, Ill., won his first NAHL start by stopping 12 of the 13 shots he faced.
Austin's puck possession also helped Goich ease into the game. New Jersey managed just three shots in the first period and only one in the third. The Bruins outshot the Titans 38-13 in the game.