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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.

Connor Logan, right, and Reed Delainey, left, celebrate a goal against Melville on September 26.
Connor Logan, right, and Reed Delainey, left, celebrate a goal against Melville on September 26. Nathan Kanter/battlefordsNOW Staff

Logan flying high in first year with North Stars

By Nathan Kanter
November 8, 2016 - 2:00pm

If you guessed the North Stars’ leading scorer through 20 games of the 2016-17 season would be Layne Young, you’d be right.

Well, half right.

Sitting atop the team points lead along with last year’s rookie of the year is a new name: Connor Logan.

Connor Sych winds up for a shot in North Stars practice. Sych wears a cage because of a high sticking incident last November where he lost multiple teeth.
Connor Sych winds up for a shot in North Stars practice. Sych wears a cage because of a high sticking incident last November where he lost multiple teeth. Nathan Kanter/battlefordsNOW Staff

North Stars fortunate to have Sych patrolling blue line

By Nathan Kanter
November 3, 2016 - 10:00am

North Stars defenceman Connor Sych has an impressive memory.

At least for some things.

He remembers winning a baseball championship with North Stars teammate Taryn Kotchorek when he was young, though he can’t pinpoint the exact age or the name of the team.

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