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Quenneville, Wheat Kings one win away from WHL Final

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils

John Quenneville and the Brandon Wheat Kings are one win away from their second straight WHL Eastern Conference title.

Quenneville collected a goal and an assist, including his league-leading 12th postseason tally, as the Wheat Kings topped the Red Deer Rebels, 4-2, on Wednesday to take a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven WHL Eastern Conference Final.

Quenneville scored to break a 1-1 tie at 16:00 of the first period, then used a behind-the-back pass to set up Tim McGauley's eventual game-winner at 6:36 of the third.

The Devils’ first-round pick in 2014, Quenneville has six points (5g-1a) through the first four games of the series, including a four-game goal streak. The Wheat Kings can advance to consecutive appearances in the WHL Final with a win in Friday’s Game 5 in Brandon.

Quenneville, who signed an entry-level deal with the Devils last July, ranks second in WHL postseason points with 22 (12g-10a) in 15 games. That’s one point behind current scoring leader Adam Brooks, whose Regina Pats were eliminated in the second round.

With his scoring surge in the conference final, Quenneville has established a new career high for playoff points, eclipsing the 19 he posted last year in 19 games. That has followed a regular season in which he scored 14 more goals (31) and 12 more assists (42) than a year ago, en route to a career-best 73 points in 57 games.
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