Broncos set to renew rivalry with Warriors

The Swift Current Broncos will host the Moose Jaw Warriors on Dec. 27, the 17th meeting between the two East Division rivals in 2017. SOUTHWEST BOOSTER FILE PHOTO BY STEVEN MAH

If familiarity breeds contempt then Swift Current Broncos fans could be in for a treat when the team returns to the ice Wednesday.

The Broncos will host the Moose Jaw Warriors on Wednesday at 7 p.m. to open a home-and-away set between two of the top teams in the Western Hockey League.

The two teams are all too familiar with one another as this will be their 17th head-to-head meeting of the calendar year with an 18th slated for Thursday back in Moose Jaw.

The Broncos (25-7-2-0) trail the Warriors (27-6-1-1) by four points, with a game in hand, for the top record in the WHL this season.

The Broncos have defeated the Warriors in eight of 16 games, while the Warriors also hold eight wins over the Broncos this year. The Warriors have out-scored the Broncos 56-51 so far this year.

The Broncos will be without some marquee names as Tyler Steenbergen (Canada), Aleksi Heponiemi (Finland), and Artyom Minulin (Russia) are all participating in the World Junior Championship. Warriors’ forward Brett Howden is also a member of Team Canada.

The Broncos and Warriors have also each won twice during the 2017-18 season series with the Warriors taking the most recent match-up 3-2 on Dec. 2.