Thursday, 14 April 2016

Quenneville Coming Up Big in Post-Season, Again!

  John Quenneville is continuing to be an outstanding playoff performer for the Brandon Wheat Kings.

  The New Jersey Devils' 2014 first round pick has 47 points in 38 career playoff games including a team-high seven goals and 15 points so far in the 2016 post-season, which puts him fourth in WHL playoff scoring this spring.

  "It's games that are so exciting for not only players, but all our fans and everyone in town," said Quenneville on Thursday, "Super-excited to play these games and right place at right time in some ways.  Had some good luck go my way, and goes along with a lot of team success that we've had in the last couple of years."

  Quenneville is currently tenth on the Wheat Kings' all-time playoff scoring list, one point behind ninth-place Cory Cyrenne.

  The Top-10 scorers in Brandon playoff history read like a who's who of franchise greats -- Brian Propp, Ray Allison, Brad McCrimmon, Bill Derlago, Eric Fehr and Marty Murray.

  Quenneville feels he's his and the team's experience in the post-season in recent years is a big reason for his personal success.

  "Going into games, it's all about stick with it.  It's a really cliche thing to say, but playing 60 minutes and even if it takes longer, play that," added Quenneville, "I think I've given a lot consistent efforts in the playoffs, managed to get a few good bounces and put a few pucks in the back of the net."

  Quenneville isn't the only current Wheat Kings moving up Brandon's all-time playoff scoring list.

  Jayce Hawryluk has 43 career playoff points, putting him in a tie with Laurie Boschman for 12th-place on the Wheat Kings' all-time list.

  Brandon will host Moose Jaw Friday night in Game Five of their Eastern Conference semifinal series (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

  The Wheat Kings can advance to the third round with a home-ice win on Friday night.

Chaff...Brian Propp was recognized as #14 on the WHL's countdown of the Top-50 players of all-time on Thursday, which is ridiculously low considering he's the fifth leading scorer in league history and went on to play 1,000 games and score more than 1,000 points in the NHL...

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