|John Quenneville was among the Wheat Kings|
to take part in Brandon's optional skate
on Monday in Edmonton.
Quenneville leads the Wheat Kings with five points in the opening three games of their first round series and has 18 points in 12 career playoff games.
“It’s the playoffs, that’s all you have to say. It’s the most exciting time of the year, it’s just electric out there, you want to win so bad, it feels like do-or-die,” said the 2014 New Jersey first round pick on Monday, “No better time for me to play well and I want it so bad. It’s the playoffs and you want to play your best...you don’t want to leave anything on the table at all.”
Quenneville 17 goals and 47 points in 57 regular season games this season, numbers that were below his expectations heading into his third WHL season.
The Edmonton product may be looking to make up for a tough regular season with strong play in the post-season.
“It’s seven games and you have to play well and you have to wear down the other team while you’re winning,” said Quenneville, “For me, I think that’s definitely something that is part of my game in the regular season but when it comes to the playoffs, it’s something that’s amped up and is on another level.”
Quenneville and the Wheat Kings will visit the Edmonton Oil Kings on Tuesday night as they continue their Eastern Conference Quarter-Final (8:40 p.m. CDT, 880 CKLQ).
Brandon has won back-to-back games at Rexall Place after going nearly five years between victories in the Alberta capital, taking the final regular season meeting between the two teams by a score of 2-1 on January 13th while also winning Game #3 of this series 3-2 on Sunday.
“Before it seemed like we couldn’t win here and now we feel really confident...it feels like we’re going into any other barn and it feels good to play here,” said Quenneville, “I think the stakes have changed playing Edmonton and if we play or game, we’re not worried about the other stuff like we used to be.”
Brandon held an optional skate on Monday so there was no update on the status on forward Morgan Klimchuk.
Klimchuk finished Game #3 on Monday but was in obvious discomfort throughout after a collision with the end boards in the first period.