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Quenneville, Wheat Kings return to WHL Final

by Eric Marin / New Jersey Devils

John Quenneville and the Brandon Wheat Kings are ready for another crack at a Western Hockey League crown.

Quenneville scored shorthanded and assisted on the eventual game-winner on Friday, when Brandon knocked off the Red Deer Rebels, 5-2, in Game 5 of the WHL Eastern Conference Final, taking the series, 4-1.

After reaching the WHL Final last season for the first time in a decade, the Wheat Kings are headed back for their second straight appearance. Brandon was swept in last year's championship round, falling to the same Kelowna Rockets club that ended their title hopes in 2005-06.

The Wheat Kings will seeking their first championship in 20 years when they take on the Western Conference Champion Seattle Thunderbirds.

Brandon trailed 2-1 until Nolan Patrick notched his second of the game to tie the game at 2 early in the second. Quenneville's assist helped Patrick complete the hat trick at 16:19 of the middle frame and put Brandon ahead for good.

Quenneville added insurance with his shorthanded tally with 48 seconds to go in the period.

The Devils' first-round pick in 2014, Quenneville leads the WHL playoffs with 13 goals and 24 points (tied). His postseason totals include two power-play goals, three shorthanded tallies and two game-winners.

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