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Wheat Kings look to avoid sweep in WHL Final

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils

SURVIVAL MODE: John Quenneville and the Brandon Wheat Kings hope to force a Game 5 in WHL Final. (Photo: Getty Images)

The Brandon Wheat Kings look to avoid the sweep when they visit the Kelowna Rockets for Game 4 of their WHL Final on Wednesday.

Brandon center John Quenneville, the Devils’ first-round pick in 2014, has enjoyed a productive postseason with 19 points (10g-9a) in 18 games, and hopes to extend the best-of-seven series to a Game 5 on Friday.

"It’s tough to not dwell on what’s already happened, but at this point dwelling and sulking about the hole we’ve dug ourselves in is not going to do anything for us,” Quenneville told the Brandon Sun. "Right now … we need to be positive. We’ve won a lot of hockey games. We’ve won a lot of hockey games on the road this season and that’s what we’re going to try to do Wednesday night."

The Wheat Kings were the WHL’s top team during the regular season with 114 points. The Rockets were right behind them with 112.

Kelowna took the series opener by a goal last Friday, then claimed back-to-back 5-3 victories to push Brandon to the brink of elimination.

"I don’t think that we’ve played our best hockey,” Quenneville said. "Going into Wednesday that makes things a lot more positive for everybody. I think we all feel like we’re more than good enough. It’s just some strange things have happened. … We’re a real good hockey team and we’ve done some great things this year. We’ve beat a lot of good hockey teams and Wednesday night’s not any different."

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