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WHL Final shifts to Kelowna for Quenneville, Wheat Kings

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils

After two games of the WHL Final, the Brandon Wheat Kings find themselves in the unenviable position of heading on the road seeking their first win of the series.

The Wheat Kings, led in playoff scoring by a three-way tie that includes Devils' 2014 first-round pick John Quenneville, are hoping to cut into their 2-0 series deficit when they visit the Kelowna Rockets for Game 3 on Monday.

Quenneville entered the best-of-seven series against Kelowna with 19 points (10g-9a) in 15 postseason games, but has been held scoreless in the final. Brandon dropped the opener, 4-3, on Friday, then fell, 5-3, in Saturday's Game 2.

Both times, the Wheat Kings opened the scoring only to surrender three straight goals. The 2-3-2 format means they will need to win twice in Kelowna in order to get the series back to Brandon for a Game 6.

Brandon is 5-2 on the road this postseason, but faces a Kelowna squad with a home playoff mark of 7-1. The Wheat Kings are fighting for their first WHL title since 1996. They last reached the Final in 2005, when they fell to Kelowna in five.

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