Tuesday, 9 December 2014

There's No Linemate Like a Brother

Peter (left) and John Quenneville are linemates with the Brandon Wheat
Kings for, essentially, the first time in over a year
  It's a reunion of sorts for Wheat Kings' forwards John and Peter Quenneville.

  The brothers played on the same line with centre Reid Duke in Saturday's 6-4 win in Swift Current, and it looks like they'll be in that same position for Wednesday's tilt in Moose Jaw (6:35 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

  It's essentially the first time the brothers have been linemates since the first seven games after Peter joined the Wheat Kings in November of 2013.

  "Just the experience of talking hockey with him on the bench, on the same wavelength.  Considering we are on the same line, it's nice to share that experience with him," said John Quenneville, "I know we like to pick apart each other's games and converse about how we're playing and stuff.  It's nice to have a guy there to mentor me and help me out."

  So, are those between shifts chats the same as they are with other teammates?

  "It's probably a little bit different.  I think it's more in the light of constructive criticism," added the New Jersey Devils' 2014 first round pick, "Not that it's negative, but I think we can take criticism better than we can take it from another teammate, since we are brothers."

  The move was likely made, at least in part, to try and break several players out of scoring slumps including John, who has three goals and six points in the last 12 games.

  However, the new line combination is also more of an adjustment for John Quenneville, since he has moved from his customary centre position to left-wing.

  "It's something that, definitely, takes a lot of adjusting to.  It's totally a different position," said Quenneville, "When you're body is programmed to do something and then you have to completely change it, it's really strange.  It's a lot of changes but, hopefully, I can adapt pretty well and have some success on left-wing."

  ''When things aren't going the way they need to go, sometimes it takes a shake-up to get things going," added the Edmonton product, "If that means me playing left-wing, so be it.  I'm fine with that, whatever helps the team win."

  The Wheat Kings will be looking for their 23rd win of the season when they visit Moose Jaw Wednesday in the first meeting of the 2014-15 WHL regular season for the East Division rivals.

  Warriors' leading scorer Brayden Point will play Wednesday before heading to Toronto for the start of the Canadian Junior Team's Selection Camp.
Rihards Bukarts

Chaff...F Rihards Bukarts, who has missed the last five games with a lower body injury, skated in a no-contact jersey during Brandon's practice on Tuesday...rookie D Mark Matsuba (upper body) and rookie F Ty Lewis (upper body) practiced without restrictions...D Kale Clague (upper body) will miss his 17th straight game Wednesday night...the Lethbridge Hurricanes fired head coach Drake Berehowsky on Tuesday...former Wheat King Jordan DePape was named to the Canadian team for the 2015 Winter Universiade in Granada, Spain on Tuesday.

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