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North Stars forward Layne Young was one of three Battlefords players invited to take part in camp for the 2016 Junior A Challenge.
North Stars forward Layne Young was one of three Battlefords players invited to take part in camp for the 2016 Junior A Challenge. Matt Kelly/battlefordsNOW Staff

Three North Stars invited to Junior A Challenge selection camp

By Nathan Kanter
November 25, 2016 - 12:00pm

North Stars’ players Levi Kleiboer, Cody Spagrud, and Layne Young each received an invite to attend selection camp for the 2016 World Junior A Challenge.

The North Stars celebrate a goal at home over the weekend. On Wednesday, despite scoring five times and coming away victorious over Humboldt, the takeaway was a very poor final period.
The North Stars celebrate a goal at home over the weekend. On Wednesday, despite scoring five times and coming away victorious over Humboldt, the takeaway was a very poor final period. Matt Kelly/battlefordsNOW staff

North Stars squeak by Broncos despite poor 3rd period

By Nathan Kanter
November 24, 2016 - 2:17am

The North Stars got back in the win column on Wednesday night thanks to a 5-3 road win over Humboldt, but their 2-0 lead heading into the third period vanished and the game was nearly tied.

Keaton Holinaty (white) avoids a check against the Melville Millionaires on Sept. 26.
Keaton Holinaty (white) avoids a check against the Melville Millionaires on Sept. 26. Nathan Kanter/battlefordsNOW Staff

Holinaty’s new found confidence leads to success

By Nathan Kanter
November 22, 2016 - 2:21pm

Two years ago, 18-year-old Keaton Holinaty came to North Stars camp and was cut by coach Kevin Hasselberg.

Now, he’s lighting the lamp early and often for Battlefords in his final season of junior. He is currently second on the team in goals with 12 in 26 games.

Keaton Holinaty nets the winner in the shootout over the Melfort Mustangs on Friday night at the Civic Centre. Holinaty also scored the lone goal in regulationMustangs.
Keaton Holinaty nets the winner in the shootout over the Melfort Mustangs on Friday night at the Civic Centre. Holinaty also scored the lone goal in regulationMustangs. Matt Kelly/battlefordsNOW staff

North Stars push winning streak to 13 after SO win over Mustangs

By Nathan Kanter
November 18, 2016 - 10:48pm Updated: November 19, 2016 - 12:15am

On Friday night, the Battlefords North Stars continued their winning ways with a 2-1 shootout win over the Meflort Mustangs to push their winning streak to 13 games.

North Stars captain Kendall Fransoo steps up for a hit against Melville on Sept. 26. Battlefords’ biggest roadblock to a possible championship is a team that also loves dishing out the physicality.
North Stars captain Kendall Fransoo steps up for a hit against Melville on Sept. 26. Battlefords’ biggest roadblock to a possible championship is a team that also loves dishing out the physicality. Nathan Kanter/battlefordsNOW Staff

Column: North Stars’ biggest threat a familiar one

By Nathan Kanter
November 17, 2016 - 2:00pm

Having just passed the exact two-month mark of the SJHL season yesterday, I felt it would be a good time to evaluate the top talent in the league and examine who may pose the biggest threat to the North Stars.

Layne Young celebrates a goal in the season opener against Kindersley.
Layne Young celebrates a goal in the season opener against Kindersley. Matt Kelly/battlefordsNOW Staff

Young a goal scorer at every level

By Nathan Kanter
November 16, 2016 - 4:53pm Updated: November 16, 2016 - 8:37pm

It wouldn’t be much of a surprise to North Stars fans to learn that Layne Young has always played forward.

The North Stars sniper was a goal scorer his whole life, including this season where he leads the team with 14 goals, good for the third most in the league.

Ben Allen (middle) celebrates his first period goal against Nipawin on Tuesday along with teammates Coby Downs (left), Cody Spagrud (bottom), and Layne Young (right)
Ben Allen (middle) celebrates his first period goal against Nipawin on Tuesday along with teammates Coby Downs (left), Cody Spagrud (bottom), and Layne Young (right) Matt Kelly/battlefordsNOW staff

Hawks prove difficult, but not insurmountable for North Stars

By Nathan Kanter
November 16, 2016 - 1:27am

As expected, the Nipawin Hawks proved to be a difficult opponent for the North Stars on Tuesday night at the Civic Centre, but in the end the home side prevailed 4-2 to extend their winning streak to an impressive 12 games.

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