The Memorial Cup run has ended for John Quenneville and the Brandon Wheat Kings.
The WHL champions fell in overtime, 2-1, to the host Red Deer Rebels on Wednesday, missing out on a shot at their first-ever Memorial Cup crown.
Tim McGauley scored the lone goal for the Wheat Kings, who were facing elimination for the first time this season. Red Deer’s Evan Polei notched the winner at 3:50 of the extra session for former Devils coach Brent Sutter’s squad, which advanced to the semifinal against QMJHL champs Rouyn-Noranda.
Though Quenneville won’t be moving on, the Devils’ 2014 first-rounder authored one of the most memorable moments in Memorial Cup history with the between-the-legs goal he scored in Brandon’s opener against the Huskies. He also picked up an assist in the tournament, giving him two points (1g-1a) in three games.
But Quenneville’s postseason contributions went beyond one highlight-reel play. He also led the WHL playoffs in goals (16), helping Brandon to its first WHL title in 20 years. The future appears bright for the young center, who signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Devils last July.
The Wheat Kings’ last brush with junior hockey’s ultimate prize came in 2010 when they hosted the tourney and lost out to Adam Henrique’s Windsor Spitfires in the Memorial Cup Final.
The winner of Friday's Rebels-Huskies semifinal faces the OHL-champion London Knights in the championship game on Sunday.