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Wheaties set to face Pats again

Peter Quenneville’s first weekend back in the Brandon Wheat Kings’ lineup couldn’t have gone better.

The 19-year-old forward, who missed the previous 10 games due to injury, totalled five goals and two assists in two games to help the Wheat Kings finish the Western Hockey League’s regular season with a key home-and-home sweep of the Regina Pats. Quenneville capped his remarkable return by scoring three times on Saturday night as Brandon clinched seventh place in the Eastern Conference with a 6-3 victory over Regina, setting up a first-round playoff rematch with the Pats.

“It means so much to be back and to help the boys win,” said Quenneville, who also had two goals and two assists in Friday’s 4-3 win in Regina, scoring the tying goal with 35 seconds left in overtime before assisting on Eric Roy’s game-winner in overtime. “There’s no better feeling than winning, and especially with the stakes where they were at and against a division opponent. It felt so good to end things off the way we did at home.”

Captain Ryan Pulock had a goal and two assists as the Wheat Kings (34-29-6-3) finished the regular season on a three-game winning streak in front of a season-high crowd of 5,247 at Westman Place. Nolan Patrick, a 15-year-old midget call-up, recorded his first WHL goal for Brandon, while Jens Meilleur wrapped up the scoring into an empty net.

Dmitry Sinitsyn, Connor Gay and Boston Leier replied for the Pats (39-26-4-3), who finished first in the East Division and will host the Wheat Kings on Saturday and Sunday in the first two games of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final series.

The Pats potted a couple of quick goals, with Sinitsyn and Gay scoring 39 seconds apart, but Quenneville got the Wheat Kings back on even ground with two goals before the intermission. As prolific as Quenneville was during the two games, Brandon head coach/ general manager Kelly McCrimmon said the timeliness of his contributions was equally important.

“When you look at his body of work, he scored some key goals at key times that were a big, big part of our team getting two victories,” said McCrimmon, who earned his 364th coaching victory, surpassing the team record previously held by Bob Lowes.

The Wheat Kings kept pouring it on in the second period, scoring three times, including Patrick’s marker and Quenneville’s hat-trick goal, which came on a pass from his brother, John.

Jordan Papirny recovered nicely from Regina’s two quick goals to finish with 35 saves in the Brandon net. Pats starter Dawson MacAuley was pulled after giving up four goals on 20 shots and was replaced by former Wheat Kings prospect Tyler Fuhr, who stopped seven of eight shots he faced.

It was the Wheat Kings’ fifth win in eight regular-season games versus the Pats, but McCrimmon cautions the scoreboard will be reset for the playoffs.

“It’s a new season,” he said. “We played some good games against Regina, we played some games against Regina where they were better than us. We won the season series, we won some games in our building, (but) everybody clears the slate for next Saturday and we’ll prepare for playoffs now and what’s behind us is behind us.”

ONE-TIMERS: Quenneville’s first WHL hat trick gave him 21 goals for the campaign, making him the third Brandon player to reach 20 this season … C Tim McGauley had three assists for the Wheat Kings, extending his point-scoring streak to eight games (three goals, eight assists). His older sister, Patricia, who plays hockey at Yale, sang the national anthem … Brandon RW Jayce Hawryluk completed his four-game suspension on Saturday, while D Kord Pankewicz, LW Brett Kitt and LW Braylon Shmyr were the Wheat Kings’ other scratches … Injuries kept a few key players out of the Regina lineup, including RW Dyson Stevenson, who scored a team-high 38 goals, G Daniel Wapple, D Kyle Burroughs and D Colby Williams … Wheat Kings playoff tickets will go on sale this week at the Keystone Centre box office. They can also be ordered online at www.wheatkings.com or by calling 204-726-3555.

» rhenders@brandonsun.com

SIDEBAR: SERIES SCHEDULE

• Saturday, March 22

Brandon at Regina, 8 p.m.

• Sunday, March 23

Brandon at Regina, 8 p.m.

• Wednesday, March 26

Regina at Brandon, 7 p.m.

• Friday, March 28

Regina at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

• Saturday, March 29

Brandon at Regina, 8 p.m.

(if necessary)

• Monday, March 31

Regina vs. Brandon, time and location TBA (if necessary)

• Wednesday, April 2

Brandon at Regina, 8 p.m.

(if necessary)

(Note: All times Central)

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 18, 2014

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Peter Quenneville’s first weekend back in the Brandon Wheat Kings’ lineup couldn’t have gone better.

The 19-year-old forward, who missed the previous 10 games due to injury, totalled five goals and two assists in two games to help the Wheat Kings finish the Western Hockey League’s regular season with a key home-and-home sweep of the Regina Pats. Quenneville capped his remarkable return by scoring three times on Saturday night as Brandon clinched seventh place in the Eastern Conference with a 6-3 victory over Regina, setting up a first-round playoff rematch with the Pats.

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Peter Quenneville’s first weekend back in the Brandon Wheat Kings’ lineup couldn’t have gone better.

The 19-year-old forward, who missed the previous 10 games due to injury, totalled five goals and two assists in two games to help the Wheat Kings finish the Western Hockey League’s regular season with a key home-and-home sweep of the Regina Pats. Quenneville capped his remarkable return by scoring three times on Saturday night as Brandon clinched seventh place in the Eastern Conference with a 6-3 victory over Regina, setting up a first-round playoff rematch with the Pats.

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