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Quenneville, Wheat Kings win WHL title

by Eric Marin / New Jersey Devils

The wait is over for the Brandon Wheat Kings.

They posted a decisive 8-4 win in Game 5 of their WHL Final against the Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday, claiming the Ed Chynoweth Cup and ending a 20-year title drought.

Jayce Hawryluk notched a hat trick as part of his five-point night for Brandon, who captured their first crown since 1995-96. The Wheat Kings were making their second straight Final appearance after being swept by Kelowna last season.

Devils’ prospect John Quenneville scored in the victory and finished with a league-leading 16 playoff goals. He now sets his sights on the Memorial Cup, which begins next week in Red Deer. Brandon, making its fifth Memorial Cup appearance, will represent the WHL in the tournament of CHL champions and take on QMJHL victors Rouyn-Noranda next Saturday.

A 2014 first-round pick, Quenneville collected three goals in the WHL Final to finish third in playoff scoring with 27 points in 21 games. His postseason totals included two power-play goals, three shorthanded tallies and two game-winners.

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