The Brooks Bandits will take on the Surrey Eagles this weekend in an exciting matchup.

The Rocky Mountain Challenge is a best of three series between the two top teams in Alberta and British Columbia.

Keith McInnis, a defenceman with the Bandits, says his team matches up quite well against the Eagles.

"They've proven themselves to be the top team in the BCHL, and then for us to be able to switch leagues and still stay on top, I think it's going to be fantastic."

The Bandits are coming off a recent 2024 Alberta Cup win after a 4-3 series victory over the Okotoks Oilers in the Alberta Semifinal, followed by a 4-1 series win over the Sherwood Park Crusaders in the Alberta Final.

McInnis reflected on the team's Alberta Cup win, "It was definitely nice to win that, kind of tops off a good season. We're not done yet and this is the trophy we've been working towards."

According to Assistant Coach, Dakota Mason, it's been a long season for the club, but they are ready to take on the Eagles.

"We're expecting a big challenge, it'll definitely be high paced. We know that Surrey plays a very offensive game. They do a lot of good things with the puck. I think the fans are going to be in for a really exciting weekend of hockey."

Mason says having home ice advantage is critical for the team this weekend, "We have some of the best fan base in all of Canadian Junior Hockey. For us, it's a huge advantage. I think we only lost maybe two games at home all season."

All three games will take place at the Centennial Regional Arena in Brooks.

The first two games will take place on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and if a game three is needed it will run Sunday at 5 p.m.