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Bjarnason, Ritchie Lead BWK to OT Victory

January 17, 2022 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Brandon Wheat Kings News Release

Calgary, AB - Carson Bjarnason stood on his head, and Nolan Ritchie scored the game winner as the Brandon Wheat Kings knocked off the Calgary Hitmen on Sunday afternoon.

The 16-year-old Bjarnason, making his third consecutive start kicked aside 43 shots for his sixth win of the season as the Wheat Kings wrapped up a four-game Alberta road trip.

"Barney had an outstanding weekend for us," Head Coach Don MacGillivray told the Bounce 96.1 Post-Game Show. "He was real sharp in all three starts and gave us a chance to win games."

The win sends the Wheat Kings home with five of a possible eight points on this road trip, and helps improve their record to 18-14-2-2. Brandon is now back in a fourth place tie with the Saskatoon Blades in the Eastern Conference standings.

"We were a tired hockey club today," added MacGillivray. "We found the way to get the job done. You could see fatigue setting in the in the middle of the game, but stuck with it and picked up a solid road win."

Ritchie scored twice including the OT winner, while Mason Ward finished the night with a goal and an assist to earn third star honours.

"This weekend was three games against three tough teams," added MacGillivray. "It would have been disappointing to not get points tonight. We probably left a point on the table in Medicine Hat on Wednesday, but this was an important weekend for our group and they responded."

The Wheat Kings will head back on the road on Friday night, for a re-scheduled meeting in Regina with the Pats. You can catch that game on TSN starting at 7:00 p.m.

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