The red-hot Carlyle Cougars kick off what they hope is a lengthy senior 'A' provincial run Wednesday night when they visit the Balgonie Bisons.
Carlyle has the second-best record in the Big 6 Hockey League.
Their seven-game win streak, including a 7-5 home victory on January 26 over the first-place Moosomin Rangers, has the Cougars at 14-2-1.
Balgonie is at the bottom of the Qu'Appelle Valley Highway Hockey League at 2-12-4.
Cougars head coach Brad Pierson said they scouted a Bisons game at Milestone a couple of weeks ago.
"We were able to learn a bit about them," he said. "They've had a few struggles in their league this year and we're not taking them lightly. I think we just have to go out there, focus on ourselves, and use what talents we have, and just work hard and play our systems."
Pierson said Balgonie did not use any kind of specialized system that Carlyle will have to adjust for.
"We have to go in and stick to our game and I'm really confident in this series, that our skill level and our team game will pull us through this. It's one series at a time, so we're only focusing on this game today."
Game 2 in the best-of-three series is February 17 in Carlyle. The Cougars would host Game 3 on February 18, if needed.
The Rangers (14-2-0 in the Big 6) fell in three games to the Balcarres Broncs in the 'A' bracket. Moosomin was the only other Big 6 representative in 'A.'