Saturday, 18 April 2015

Captain Quenneville Comes Through in Overtime

The Wheat Kings celebrate Peter Quenneville's overtime goal.
  The Quenneville's definitely know a thing or two about dramatic finishes.

  Peter Quenneville scored 6:15 into overtime to lift the Wheat Kings past the Regina Pats 3-2 on Friday night and move Brandon into the third round of the Western Hockey League playoffs.

  The Wheat Kings' captain scored on a setup from younger brother John, who scored the series-clinching goal in double overtime in Brandon's opening round series against the Edmonton Oil Kings.

  "(Coulter) got the puck at the blue and just made a nice little soft chip and Johnny was driving through," said Peter Quenneville on CKLQ's post-game show, "I just came on the ice and as Johnny worked his way around the net, he stopped up and I think he just saw me out of the corner of his eye and threw me a soft one into the slot, knowing I was there.  It just squeeked right by their defenceman's stick and as soon as it came to me, I just tried to make a good shot and it found its way in."

  The Wheat Kings faced a little adversity in Friday's game, trailing 2-1 going into the third period before Nolan Patrick scored the game-tying goal with 6:21 left in regulation.

  Brandon then had a kill off a penalty in overtime after Tyler Coulter was given a tripping minor 2:27 into extra time.

  The Wheat Kings' penalty-kill had been an achilles heal for much of the season but is now 34-40 (85.0%) in the playoffs after finishing the regular season 28-for-32 (87.5%) in their final 12 games.

  "I've always talked about importance in the timing of your special teams," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, "Certainly, you're playing overtime hockey with Game #6 in Regina staring at you, that's called stepping up by your people in that situation."

  Friday's game was the sixth time in ten playoff outings the Wheat Kings have had a game finish in a 3-2 score, with Brandon coming out on top on five of those occasions.

  "I think going through adversity in the playoffs is important in the playoffs," said Quenneville, the eighth different player to score a game-winning goal for Brandon in the playoffs, "We've lost in both series and we've won overtime games in both series so I think it's really good for us to experience those moments and learn how to play in tight games and just be really resilient.  That's a huge part of winning games in the playoffs."

  Jake Leschyshyn and Taylor Cooper scored the goals for the Pats, with both coming in the second period.

  Daniel Wapple had another strong game in the Regina net, stopping 48 shots while Brandon's Jordan Papirny made 25 saves in goal for Brandon.

  The Wheat Kings will now face the Calgary Hitmen in the Eastern Conference Final, with the opening two games to take place at Westman Communications Group Place in Brandon on Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th.

  The Hitmen advanced Friday when Elkhorn product Travis Sanheim scored 7:45 into the second overtime period to give Calgary a 4-3 win over Medicine Hat and win their Eastern Conference semifinal series 4-1.

  Tickets for the opening two games between Brandon and Calgary will go on sale Monday morning at the Keystone Centre box office (726-3555 or www.keystonecentre.com).

Chaff...F Morgan Klimchuk returned to Brandon's lineup Friday after missing six games with an undisclosed injury and set up Patrick for Brandon's tying goal...Brandon scratched F Jayce Hawryluk, F Rihards Bukarts and Colton Waltz for the third straight game while F Quintin Lisoway (knee, out for season), D Mark Taraschuk and G Logan Thompson also sat for the Wheat Kings...both teams finished the night 0-for-5 on the power-play...attendance was 4,333...Kelowna moved into the Western Conference Final with a 7-3 win over Victoria Friday, taking that series 4-1...Blake Heinrich scored in overtime as Portland beat Everett 2-1 Friday to take a 3-1 lead in that Western Conference semifinal.

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