Looking to prove to themselves they can beat the best teams in the WHL, the Swift Current Broncos will have no shortage of opportunities over the next two weeks beginning with the very best, Wednesday night.
Swift Current will kick-off a six game stretch against teams all in the top two in their respective divisions on Wednesday when they host the Regina Pats.
Broncos Associate Coach Ryan Smith says you know exactly what you're getting into against the CHL's top ranked team.
"It's a team that no one is going to be caught off guard. We know what they are all about, high octane offence, in your face, they put teams away in the first ten minutes," he said.
"I think we have handled them pretty well though, especially at the iPlex. We just give them those 5-7 minute spurts where they take the game over and that's all they need."
In their previous three meetings this season, the Pats came away with wins of 6-3, 8-1 and most recently 6-5 in a thrilling game just over three weeks ago.
As the Broncos make their late season push for the playoffs they will see plenty of Regina, even following Wednesday's game.
After the contest, Swift Current and Regina will still meet another four times before the regular season comes to an end.
Although the Pats will be the point of focus for the Broncos on Wednesday, it is just the beginning of a difficult but crucial two week stretch for Swift Current.
They will play host to the Central-leading Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday before welcoming the Everett Silvertips to the iPlex, who currently sit just one point back of Seattle for top spot in the U.S. Division.
"They're (Regina) the top team in the league and then we have a top team (Medicine Hat) in a division, and another top team (Everett) in a division so we are really going to know where we stand after those three games," Smith said.
"The game against Regina is a huge game for us. I think we want to prove to ourselves that we can hang with the big boys and that's what it is, beating these teams will go a long way down the stretch."
An opportunity will exist for the Broncos to try and push up the East Division standings though as the schedule does not let up for Swift Current following the three game stretch.
The Broncos will visit Regina next Friday, Moose Jaw on Saturday and then return to Regina on Sunday, before coming home to face Brandon on February 28th.
Heading into Wednesday night's WHL action Swift Current sits third in the East Division.
They are seven points back of Moose Jaw for second, but do hold three games in hand over the Warriors, while sitting five points ahead of Brandon for third.
Puck drop between the Pats and Warriors is set for 7:05pm from the Credit Union iPlex.
You can listen to the game live on The Eagle 94.1 FM with Robertson Family Group Broncos Hockey beginning at 6:30pm.