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Quenneville notches OT winner in Game 1 of WHL ECF

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils

John Quenneville scored twice, including the winning goal 2:53 into overtime, to lead the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 4-3 victory over the Red Deer Rebels in Game 1 of their WHL Eastern Conference final on Friday.

Quenneville opened the scoring in the first period for the Wheat Kings, who are making their second straight appearance in the conference final. He would end the game in overtime, capping a thrilling come-from-behind victory for the home team.

"It was crazy, crazy emotional game," Quenneville told CKLQ via the Wheat Kings' official website. "What an amazing crowd we had tonight, so much energy in the building and I'm so glad we got the win."

The teams combined for five goals in a back-and-forth third period: Red Deer went up, 2-1, before Brandon notched the next two to retake a one-goal lead, 3-2, with 44 seconds left in regulation.

Red Deer's Haydn Fleury forced the extra session with five seconds left in regulation to set the stage for Quenneville's heroics.

The 30th overall pick in 2014, Quenneville ranks second on the Wheat Kings with 18 points (9g-9a) in 12 playoff games this season. He's averaged more than a point per game over his three postseasons with Brandon, tallying 50 on 24 goals and 26 assists in just 40 contests.

Former Devils' head coach Brent Sutter is the owner, GM and coach of Red Deer. Game 2 of the series is Saturday in Brandon.

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