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Four Ivies Advance to Second Round of Stanley Cup Playoffs

Four Ivies Advance to Second Round of Stanley Cup Playoffs

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Four Ivies advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, representing 4-of-6 Ivy League programs on three NHL teams. While participating in 26 games, Ivies accounted for seven points—via two goals and five assists—during first round series. 

Harry Zolnierczyk
, a sixth-year forward out of Brown, netted a goal in his first playoff series, helping the Nashville Predators to a 4-0 sweep of the No. 1-seeded Chicago Blackhawks. The Predators will face off against the No. 3-seeded St. Louis Blues in second round action.

The New York Rangers, who claim Dartmouth alum Tanner Glass and Harvard alum Jimmy Vesey among their playoff contingent, will meet the No. 2-seeded Ottawa Senators in the second round. Glass, a physical forward in his 10th NHL season, tallied a goal for the Rangers in their 4-2 first round series win over the No. 1-seeded Montreal Canadiens. Vesey also added a pair of assists in his first playoff series, after entering the postseason with the most points of any Ivy at 27.

Mike Condon
, a second-year goaltender out of Princeton, did not see any ice time during Ottawa’s 4-2 first round series win over the No. 3-seeded Boston Bruins, but continues his quest for the Stanley Cup as the Senators’ backup goaltender. He owns a 2.48 goals against average and a .914 save percentage in 2,325 minutes between the pipes for Ottawa.

After opening the season with 11 players on active NHL rosters, all six Ivy League men’s ice hockey programs were represented in this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs. In total, 21 Ivies made NHL appearances during the 2016-17 regular season, with six making their NHL debuts and seven qualifying for the postseason. Two Ivies—Yale's John Hayden and Harvard's Sean Malone—were among a select group of 12 players to get a taste of the NHL following the completion of their NCAA seasons in 2016-17.