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North Stars forward Layne Young (9) had a big night on Thursday afternoon, scoring twice as the North Stars won in a must-win game. Now they need some luck to officially advance.
North Stars forward Layne Young (9) had a big night on Thursday afternoon, scoring twice as the North Stars won in a must-win game. Now they need some luck to officially advance. Submitted photo/Cherie Morgan

North Stars shutout Chiefs; could live to fight another day

By Nathan Kanter
May 4, 2017 - 6:21pm Updated: May 4, 2017 - 7:04pm

The Battlefords North Stars played their best game of their tournament when it mattered the most, but it might not quite be enough to advance at the Western Canada Cup.

North Stars forward Troy Gerein (11) makes a pass into the middle of the ice during Tuesday game against Brooks. The North Stars will need to beat the Chilliwack Chiefs on Thursday afternoon and get a little bit lucky if their season is to continue.
North Stars forward Troy Gerein (11) makes a pass into the middle of the ice during Tuesday game against Brooks. The North Stars will need to beat the Chilliwack Chiefs on Thursday afternoon and get a little bit lucky if their season is to continue. Submitted photo/Cherie Morgan

Play at blue lines a key as North Stars season on the line

By Nathan Kanter
May 3, 2017 - 4:49pm Updated: May 3, 2017 - 10:49pm

Through three games at the Western Canada Cup, the North Stars have the worst shooting percentage, with five goals on 76 shots.

Bandits captain Nick Prkusic (15) drives to the net on North Stars goaltender Joel Grzybowski as Connor Logan (16) tries to lift the stick of Prkusic. Battlefords fell to Brooks 4-1.
Bandits captain Nick Prkusic (15) drives to the net on North Stars goaltender Joel Grzybowski as Connor Logan (16) tries to lift the stick of Prkusic. Battlefords fell to Brooks 4-1. Submitted photo/Cherie Morgan

North Stars outmatched by Bandits; face elimination at WCC

By Nathan Kanter
May 2, 2017 - 6:05pm Updated: May 2, 2017 - 7:33pm

It was a marginally better effort for the Battlefords North Stars in their third game at the Western Canada Cup, but the Alberta champion Brooks Bandits were simply too much, as the North Stars fell 4-1 to drop to 0-2-1 after three round robin games.

Brooks defenceman Cale Makar (right, 8) will be one player to key in on when the North Stars and Bandits tangle on Tuesday afternoon at the Western Canada Cup.
Brooks defenceman Cale Makar (right, 8) will be one player to key in on when the North Stars and Bandits tangle on Tuesday afternoon at the Western Canada Cup.

Stars focus on mental preparations ahead of tilt with Brooks

By Nathan Kanter
May 1, 2017 - 4:30pm Updated: May 1, 2017 - 8:57pm

Sunday's matinee against the Portage Terriers at the Western Canada Cup didn't go very well for the Battlefords North Stars.

But the team knows that and it's now old news.

North Stars defenceman Cody Spagrud (3) tries to clear a loose puck in front  of the net on Sunday afternoon against the Portage Terriers, who downed the North Stars 5-3 to push Battlefords to 0-1-1 after two games at the Western Canada Cup.
North Stars defenceman Cody Spagrud (3) tries to clear a loose puck in front of the net on Sunday afternoon against the Portage Terriers, who downed the North Stars 5-3 to push Battlefords to 0-1-1 after two games at the Western Canada Cup. Submitted photo/Cheri Morgan

North Stars not themselves in 5-3 loss to Terriers at WCC

By Nathan Kanter
April 30, 2017 - 5:48pm Updated: April 30, 2017 - 7:16pm

The Battlefords North Stars chose a bad time to not show up.

In their second game at the Western Canada Cup, they fell 5-3 to the Portage Terriers to fall to 0-1-1 halfway through the round robin after losing 2-1 in overtime to Penticton on Saturday.

North Stars forward Keaton Holinaty (white, 19) tries to tip a puck in front of Vees goaltender Mat Robson during Saturday's night game. Battlefords fell 2-1 in OT.
North Stars forward Keaton Holinaty (white, 19) tries to tip a puck in front of Vees goaltender Mat Robson during Saturday's night game. Battlefords fell 2-1 in OT. Submitted photo/Cheri Morgan

North Stars drop first game of Western Canada Cup in OT

By Nathan Kanter
April 30, 2017 - 12:07am

The Battlefords North Stars fell in overtime to the host Penticton Vees in their first game at the Western Canada Cup on Saturday night by a 2-1 score.

The BCHL champions and host Penticton Vees are the North Stars first opponent at the Western Canada Cup. The focus hasn't been on the Vees very much at all ahead of the game, instead focusing on what worked in the SJHL playoffs and all year long. Puck drop is 8 p.m. Saskatchewan time.
The BCHL champions and host Penticton Vees are the North Stars first opponent at the Western Canada Cup. The focus hasn't been on the Vees very much at all ahead of the game, instead focusing on what worked in the SJHL playoffs and all year long. Puck drop is 8 p.m. Saskatchewan time. Nathan Kanter/battlefordsNOW staff

North Stars set for Vees to kick off WCC

By Nathan Kanter
April 29, 2017 - 1:00pm Updated: April 29, 2017 - 4:30pm

There are now roughly seven hours until the North Stars take to the ice for their first game of the Western Canada Cup.

The North Stars know their opponents speed will be a difficult challenge at the Western Canada Cup.
The North Stars know their opponents speed will be a difficult challenge at the Western Canada Cup. file photo/BattlefordsNOW staff

Dealing with opponents speed a priority for North Stars at WCC

By Nathan Kanter
April 28, 2017 - 2:00pm Updated: April 28, 2017 - 7:51pm

With the field for the Western Canada Cup likely the most competitive ever in the tournament’s short history, the Battlefords North Stars are focusing on themselves.

The North Stars celebrate their go-ahead third period goal in Wednesday's 6-5 win over Flin Flon that helped them clinch the SJHL championship. The league title gives them a berth into the five-team Western Canada Cup, which begins on Saturday.
The North Stars celebrate their go-ahead third period goal in Wednesday's 6-5 win over Flin Flon that helped them clinch the SJHL championship. The league title gives them a berth into the five-team Western Canada Cup, which begins on Saturday. Nathan Kanter/battlefordsNOW staff

Western Canada Cup primer: where the North Stars stand

By Nathan Kanter
April 25, 2017 - 6:00am

The Battlefords North Stars had a tremendous season; there is no denying that.

But now that they're off to the Western Canada Cup, they will be facing off against three other league champions and a fourth team that came within one win of a title as well.

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