Wheat Kings’ Quenneville scores goal of the year, and it’s not even close

The Brandon Wheat Kings lost their Memorial Cup opener, but center John Quenneville scored what could be the most brilliant goal of the year in the losing effort. On a breakaway, Quenneville faked a shot before going between his legs for the Marek Malik-like goal.

The WHL champion Brandon Wheat Kings didn’t open up the Memorial Cup the way they would have wanted, dropping their first game of the tournament 5-3 at the hands of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. There was one positive to come out of the contest for Wheat Kings fans, though, and that was John Quenneville’s absolutely unbelievable third-period goal.

With the Wheat Kings trailing 5-2 with less than 10 minutes left, Quenneville was sprung on a breakaway following a spectacular stretch pass from defenseman Ivan Provorov and went in alone on Huskies goaltender Chase Marchand. Quenneville could have thrown down a simple deke to try to pull the score closer, but instead went for the highlight-reel tally.

Quenneville received the pass by going skate-to-stick, split the defense, threw a leg kick, moved the puck to his backhand, pulled it between his legs and fired a Marek Malik-like shot over Marchand’s right shoulder. If it sounds like a lot, it’s because it was:

Quenneville’s goal is his first of the Memorial Cup tournament, but the continuation of what has been an outstanding post-season for the New Jersey Devils 2014 first-rounder. During the WHL playoffs, Quenneville had 16 goals and 27 points in 21 games to finish third in post-season scoring behind teammates Jayce Hawryluk and Nolan Patrick.

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At 20, this could very well be Quenneville’s final season in major junior. Quenneville, who is the second cousin of Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, could likely be playing in either New Jersey or Albany with the Devils’ AHL affiliate as soon as next season.