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Pair of Ivies Advance to NHL Conference Finals

Pair of Ivies Advance to NHL Conference Finals

PRINCETON, N.J. -- A pair of Ivies advanced to the NHL Conference finals, representing 2-of-6 Ivy League programs. While participating in 40 games, Ivies have accounted for 15 points—via three goals and 11 assists—during the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Harry Zolnierczyk
, a sixth-year forward out of Brown, netted a goal to help the Nashville Predators to a 4-0 sweep of the No. 1-seeded Chicago Blackhawks in the first round. He then added an assist as the Predators topped the No. 3-seeded St. Louis Blues, 4-2, in second-round play. Nashville will face off against the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Finals, beginning at 9 p.m. Friday.

Mike Condon
, a second-year goaltender out of Princeton, saw his first career playoff action in the second-round series. Condon appeared between the pipes for 20 minutes during Ottawa’s 4-2 series victory over the New York Rangers. He posted a .900 save percentage, while allowing one goal for a 3.03 goals against average. The backup goaltender did not see any ice time during the Senators’ 4-2 first round series win over the No. 3-seeded Boston Bruins. Ottawa will meet the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Western Conference Finals, with the initial puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday.

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.