Monday, 9 March 2015

Captain Quenneville Earns WHL POW Honours

Peter Quenneville is the fourth Wheat Kings in the lsat eight weeks
to earn WHL Player of the Week honours.
  Okay, maybe Peter Quenneville's strong second half isn't such big secret any more!

  The Wheat Kings' captain got some league-wide recognition Monday as the Western Hockey League's Player of the Week after scoring six goals and three assists for nine points in three games last week.

  "Since I've been able to play with Tim (McGauley) and Morgan (Klimchuk), it seems like the pucks really starting to go in the net," said Quenneville after practice on Monday, "They're both great players and make great passes so I'm just trying to have a quick release and get pucks on net and they seem to be finding their way."

  The trio was united as a line combination prior to Brandon's February 20th game in Prince Albert and in eight games together, they've combined for 20 goals and 47 points and accounted for more than half of the Wheat Kings' 39 goals in that eight-game span.

  One of the keys to the 'McKlimville line' (trademark pending) is all three players are very sound defensively and Quenneville feels playing that 200-foot game makes them even more dangerous offensively.

  "Each night, it forces us to be disciplined in our defensive zone and if we can shut down some high-end players, then we hope it's going to leave a little opening and give us chances going the other way," said Quenneville, "We just want to be equally hard to play against as they do and I think we seem to be coming out on top lately."

  Quenneville's six goals last week nearly matched is output in the first half of the season, but the Columbus Blue Jackets' seventh round pick in 2013 has been on fire since the Christmas break.

  The Edmonton product has 19 goals and 37 points in the last 31 games to up his season totals to 26 goals and 70 points, which puts him second on the team in scoring and tied for 21st in the WHL.

  The Wheat Kings are back in action Tuesday night when they host the Moose Jaw Warriors (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

  Brandon will be looking for their 49th win of the season as they seek to become just the fifth Wheat Kings' team in their 48-year history in the WHL to reach the 50-win plateau.

  "We're obviously going to try and close them out and win every game we can and try to get 54 but just to get to 50 wins is definitely a solid achievement," said Quenneville, "It just talks about how hard we've worked all year and speaks to our depth and guys have challenged each other every day to get better."

  The Wheat Kings will enter Tuesday's contest two points behind the Kelowna Rockets for first overall, with both teams having six games left in the regular season.

Chaff...rookie Brandon F Nolan Patrick (upper body) skated in a no-contact jersey during Monday's practice...F Reid Duke (lower body), F Quintin Lisoway (lower body) and D Kale Clague (lower body) all remain out while John Quenneville sat out practice Monday but is expected to play on Tuesday night...Brandon is 7-for-13 on the power-play in the last four games, which comes on the heals of an 0-for-22 slump in the six previous games...Brandon prospect Ty Lewis, a third round pick in the 2013 Bantam Draft, currently leads the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League in playoff scoring with six goals and ten points in five games...Jordan Papirny is 2-0 against the Warriors this season, and has recorded shutouts in both of his starts against Moose Jaw.

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