Section 5A Playoffs: Tiger boys advance with 4-1 win

Princeton’s Collin Bunness (12) and Dan Muench (18), at left, celebrate after Muench scored a game-tying goal at 13:19 of the first period in the Tigers 4-1 playoff victory Thursday, Feb. 22 against Sauk Rapids. The Tigers’ Cam Paulson is at right.

Princeton, seeded No. 3 for the Section 5A tourney, defeated visiting No. 6 seed Sauk Rapids-Rice 4-1 in the Feb. 21 quarterfinals. Dan Muench scored two power-play goals, with solo goals added by Dan Voce (shorthanded) and Jake Green. Max Mattson made 29 saves

Dan Muench scored two goals in the Tigers' 4-1 win  Thursday night against Sauk Rapids.
Dan Muench scored two goals in the Tigers’ 4-1 win Thursday night against Sauk Rapids.

against the Storm.

The victory sets up a great rubber game at No. 2 St. Cloud Cathedral on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. The Crusaders pounded No. 7 Mora-Hinckley 17-1 Thursday night. The Tigers and SCC split the regular season series to share the Granite Ridge title.

Also alive in the other half of the 5A brackets are 3rd-ranked and No. 1 seed Hermantown (10-0 over Proctor) and No. 4 Rogers (3-1 over Legacy Christian). Winners from Saturday’s semifinals will meet in the Section 5A title game Friday, March 1 at the Ice Forum in Champlin Park.

Boys Basketball: North Branch 85, Princeton 78

North Branch took a 41-35 halftime lead and held on to defeat the Tiger boys in a non-conference matchup of Section 7AAA partners Feb. 21. Princeton was led by Jack Sinkel (20 points), Matt Wendorff (18 points) and Travis Chmielewski (17 points).

Girls Basketball: Foley 53, Princeton 44

The host Falcons locked into 3rd-place in Granite Ridge Conference girls basketball by defeating the Tigers Feb. 21.