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Quenneville, Wheat Kings face Kelowna in WHL Final

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils

2014 first-round pick John Quenneville is headed to a WHL Final with the Brandon Wheat Kings. (Photo: Getty Images

One obstacle remains for John Quenneville and the Brandon Wheat Kings in their pursuit of a WHL crown.

Quenneville and the Wheat Kings will face the Kelowna Rockets in the WHL Final after the Rockets wrapped up their Western Conference Final against the Portland Winterhawks in six games on Sunday.

Brandon and Kelowna were the WHL's top two teams during the regular season with 114 and 112 points, respectively. Game 1 of the 2-3-2 best-of-seven series is set for Friday in Brandon.

Quenneville leads Brandon with 19 postseason points (10g-9a) and collected 10 (6g-4a) in the Eastern Conference Final  against the Calgary Hitmen. He was the Devils' first-round choice, 30th overall, in 2014.

The Wheat Kings return to the WHL Final for the first time since 2005, when they fell to Kelowna in five games. Brandon's last WHL title came in a five-game win over Spokane in 1996.

The Rockets, meanwhile, are undefeated in three previous trips to the WHL Final. The Rockets topped former Devils head coach Brent Sutter's Red Deer Rebels in 2003, Brandon in 2005 and Calgary in 2009.

As one Devils prospect plays on in the CHL playoffs, another saw his postseason come to an end over the weekend. Ryan Kujawinski and the North Bay Battalion were eliminated by the Oshawa Generals with a 2-1 loss in Game 6 of their OHL Eastern Conference Final on Sunday.

Kujawinski finished the playoffs with nine points (6g-3a) and a plus-6 rating in 15 games for North Bay, including two power-play goals and two shorthanded markers. The Battalion was denied a second straight trip to the OHL Final by the same Oshawa club it swept in last year's Eastern Conference Final.

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