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Quenneville scores twice as Brandon takes 3-0 lead in WHL Final

by Eric Marin / New Jersey Devils

John Quenneville hadn’t cracked the scoresheet through the first two games of the WHL Championship. In Game 3, he may have left an indelible mark on the series.

Quenneville tallied twice on Tuesday, giving the Brandon Wheat Kings all the offense they needed to force their third straight overtime of the series.

Reid Duke took care of the rest, scoring at 2:59 of the extra session to seal Brandon’s third consecutive, come-from-behind 3-2 overtime victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds. Brandon has erased a 2-1 third-period deficit in the every game of the series before winning each one, 3-2, in overtime.

The Wheat Kings took 3-0 stranglehold on the series and can secure their first WHL crown since 1995-96 with a win in Seattle on Wednesday.

“I think the key for us is just being able to stick in games,” Quenneville told the Wheat Kings' official website. “We’ve done a great job sticking around…we’ve done a great job of weathering the storm a little bit until we get our momentum back and start playing the way we want to play.”

The Devils’ first-round selection, 30th overall, in 2014, Quenneville leads the WHL playoffs with 15 goals. He’s one point behind teammate Nolan Patrick for the overall postseason scoring lead.

The Edmonton native opened the scoring at 5:17 of the first period with his 14th of the playoffs, snapping a two-game point drought.

Quenneville was in the box for high-sticking when Seattle began its comeback. The Thunderbirds connected for two power-play goals 1:38 apart at 12:27 and 13:05 of the first period to take a 2-1 lead.

The score remained that way until the third, when Quenneville potted his second of the game at 8:38.

The 6-1, 195-lb. center signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Devils last July.

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