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Connor Manegre (22, middle) and Troy Gerein (11, back) stand up for teammate Zach Nedelec after he was hit from behind at the buzzer during Saturday's 5-3 win. Owen Lamb (21) looks on. Nedelec also stood up for himself, as three separate fights broke out when time expired.
Connor Manegre (22, middle) and Troy Gerein (11, back) stand up for teammate Zach Nedelec after he was hit from behind at the buzzer during Saturday's 5-3 win. Owen Lamb (21) looks on. Nedelec also stood up for himself, as three separate fights broke out when time expired. Nathan Kanter/battlefordsNOW staff

Rough ending caps off exciting win on Hockey Day

By Nathan Kanter
January 22, 2017 - 1:33am

The North Stars and Notre Dame Hounds gave fans just about everything they could wish for during Saturday's finale on Hockey Day in Saskatchewan in Shellbrook.

Taryn Kotchorek, left, and Joel Gryzbowski, right, feel they deserve another ‘dynamic duo’ tag, as they are first and second in the league in G.A.A.
Taryn Kotchorek, left, and Joel Gryzbowski, right, feel they deserve another ‘dynamic duo’ tag, as they are first and second in the league in G.A.A. Nathan Kanter/battlefordsNOW Staff

Kotchorek, Gryzbowski pushing each other has led to success

By Nathan Kanter
January 19, 2017 - 2:40pm

The last time a North Stars goaltender led the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League in goals-against-average (G.A.A.) was in the 2002-03 season when Brent Walker posted a 2.77 G.A.A. in 24 games.

The Weyburn Red Wings got an overtime goal from captain Mike Eskra to defeat the North Stars 2-1, bringing Battlefords' six-game winning streak to a screeching halt.
The Weyburn Red Wings got an overtime goal from captain Mike Eskra to defeat the North Stars 2-1, bringing Battlefords' six-game winning streak to a screeching halt. Nathan Kanter/battlefordsNOW staff

North Stars fall in OT to Red Wings

By Nathan Kanter
January 13, 2017 - 10:48pm Updated: January 13, 2017 - 11:45pm

The North Stars may have outshot the Red Wings 44-31 in Friday's home game, but they fell 2-1 in overtime after Weyburn outplayed them defensively and outmuscled them in the dirty areas.

North Stars forward Layne Young, left, and Coby Downs, right, are playing the best hockey of their career right now, and they’re doing it as line mates.
North Stars forward Layne Young, left, and Coby Downs, right, are playing the best hockey of their career right now, and they’re doing it as line mates. Matt Kelly/battlefordsNOW Staff

Young, Downs chemistry unparalleled

By Nathan Kanter
January 10, 2017 - 3:20pm

When the news came out that Coby Downs was returning to the Battlefords from Omaha of the USHL, everyone knew it would be a big boost for the North Stars.

But just how much can one player add to a team?

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