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Warriors see more games rescheduled as WHL emerges from COVID-19 outbreak

Postponed Manitoba games back on schedule, all 22 teams cleared to resume play heading into coming weekend
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The largest coronavirus outbreak the Western Hockey League has experienced since the start of the pandemic is coming to an end.

And with that, it’s back to business.

The WHL announced Thursday that five more teams had been cleared to resume activities after entering COVID-19 protocols, meaning all of the league’s 22 teams are able to return to action this coming weekend.

The announcement also included a host of rescheduled games as the league worked to bring postponed contests back into the regular season schedule, including four involving the Moose Jaw Warriors.

The most interesting change sees a flip-flop of contests involving the Brandon Wheat Kings and Winnipeg Ice, with the Warriors now playing in Brandon on Tuesday, Mar. 15 before facing Winnipeg on Wednesday, Mar. 16. Moose Jaw was originally set to play the same teams, but in reverse order, on the original schedule.

The postponed road game against the Medicine Hat Tigers originally slated for Jan. 8 will now take place on Sunday, Mar. 20.

The game against the Winnipeg Ice originally to be played on Jan. 3 in Winnipeg will now be played on Tuesday, Mar. 29 and will turn into a home-and-home, with the Ice at Moose Jaw on Wednesday, Mar. 30.

Home games involving Winnipeg and Brandon were postponed last month after the Manitoba government announced capacity restrictions of no more than 250 people in all public venues.

The Warriors are back in action with three games in three nights this weekend -- Friday at home against the Medicine Hat Tigers, Saturday at home against the Winnipeg Ice and Sunday on the road in Regina against the Pats. Sunday’s contest has a 4 p.m. start.

Fans are reminded to keep all tickets from postponed games, as they will be honoured at the rescheduled contests.