John Quenneville kept his hot streak going, but it wasn’t enough for the Brandon Wheat Kings to stay on a roll against the Red Deer Rebels.
Quenneville scored his league-leading 11th goal of the playoffs for Brandon, which fell, 6-2, in Game 3 of their WHL Eastern Conference Final against Red Deer on Tuesday.
The Wheat Kings hold a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven which continues Wednesday in Red Deer. The series returns to Brandon for Game 5 on Friday.
Quenneville, who’s riding a three-game goal streak, has four goals versus the Brent Sutter-led Rebels in the series. His 20 points in 14 playoff games are tied for the team lead and represent a new career high, surpassing the 19 points he had in 19 playoff contests last year.
Looking to take a commanding 3-0 series lead, the Wheat Kings surrendered four goals in the first period, then another the second before they could respond. Quenneville’s marker, a power-play tally at 1:34 of the third, got Brandon within three, 5-2, before the Rebels added to their lead on the power play midway through the frame.
An Edmonton native, Quenneville was the 30th overall pick in the 2014 Draft and signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Devils last July.