The nine-day break is over for the Moose Jaw Warriors as they return for four big East Division games this week.

The Warriors will kick-off the second half of the Western Hockey League schedule with a home-and-home against the Swift Current Broncos, starting on Wednesday at the Credit Union Iplex.

“It’s a nice little start to get right back into it with big divisional games,” said forward Brayden Burke. “Everyone of them is four-point games when you’re this tight with these guys, so we’re going to have to come out ready to play and they’re going to be ready as well.”

Moose Jaw headed into the Christmas break with the best record in the WHL, leading the Broncos by four points and the Brandon Wheat Kings by seven for the lead in the division and the league. Those just happen to be the two teams that the Warriors will meet in their first four games back.

The Warriors will meet the two teams chasing them in back-to-back home-and-home series, playing four games in five nights.

“You can make it hard on yourself or you can make it easy,” said Burke, who leads the Warriors with 65 points. “Maybe our minds aren’t going to be right where they were, but we should have good legs and if we play smart and simple, we’ll be alright.

Heading into these four games, Burke said they need to get off to strong start to Wednesday’s game in Swift Current to set the tone for the rest of the week and shake off any rust from the break.

“Get a couple of crisp passes with your linemates, get a good offensive shift, but we just need to get out there, get our feet under us early and just trust yourself,” he said.

The Warriors have put together the best first half in franchise history, they’ve won 80-percent of their games through 35 contests and are riding a streak of eight wins in their last ten as they open the second half.

The next 37 games of the regular season have the potential to be special for the Warriors, but keeping their focus on the task in front of them is going to be key.

Burke said he feels the Warriors are ready to do what it will take to remain on top over the second half.

“We did a good job of keeping our foot on the pedal and not backing off throughout the first half,” he said. “I know it’s going to be tougher in the second half, we’ve got the big record and people are going to be gunning for us, but we’ve got the drive and skill to keep it up.”

The Warriors will look to start on the right foot when they take on the Broncos on Wednesday night at the Credit Union Iplex. Puck drops at 7 p.m. The Pre-Game Show will hit the air at 6:40 p.m. on Country 100.

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