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Quenneville, Wheat Kings advance to WHL Final

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils

John Quenneville looking to lead Brandon to its first WHL title since 1996. (Photo: Getty Images)

John Quenneville
and the Brandon Wheat Kings are one significant step closer to a WHL championship.

Quenneville collected two more goals on Friday, helping the Wheat Kings to close out their Eastern Conference Final with the Calgary Hitmen in five games with an 8-2 rout in Brandon.

The Devils' 2014 first-round pick recorded three multi-point games in the series to finish with a team-high 10 points (6g-4a). He leads the Wheat Kings with 19 points (10g-9a) in 15 playoff games.

Quenneville's power-play marker in the second period capped a five-goal middle frame for Brandon, which captured its first Eastern Conference crown since 2005. The Wheat Kings are seeking their first WHL title since 1996.

They await the winner of the Western Conference Final between the Kelowna Rockets and Portland Winterhawks. The Rockets took a 3-2 lead in their set with a 2-1 overtime win on Friday.

In Friday's OHL action, Devils prospect Ryan Kujawinski and the North Bay Battalion fell behind three games to two in their Eastern Conference Final with a 4-1 loss to the Oshawa Generals.

North Bay trailed 3-1 midway through the third period when Kujawinski was assessed a major and a game misconduct for kneeing Mitchell Vande Sompel during a Generals power play. Oshawa converted on the resulting two-man advantage for its third power-play marker of the night.

“I didn’t think it was a penalty,” Battalion coach Stan Butler told the team's official website. “A five-minute penalty is tough to kill when you’re trying to come back into a game and you have to get some momentum."

Kujawinski and the Battalion returned home looking to stave off elimination in Game 6 on Sunday.

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