Allen Lessels' UNH Notebook: Broken ankle for van Riemsdyk
The school announced on Monday that van Riemsdyk broke his left ankle when he took a hit into the boards and fell late in the first period of Saturday night's 3-1 loss to No. 6-ranked Union at the Whittemore Center.
Six weeks would bring him back in time for the first round of the Hockey East playoffs.
"It could be four to six weeks, hopefully not longer," Umile said. "We just don't know. It could be four weeks."
Van Riemsdyk was the first of two Wildcats who left the ice with injuries on Saturday night in back-to-back periods.
Downing has a shoulder sprain and is expected to be out three to four weeks.
Van Riemsdyk has been paired with senior defenseman Eric Knodel since the start of the season.Harry Quast, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, is expected to take van Riemsdyk's spot in the lineup. Quast played the first 20 games of the season and had a couple of assists.
Umile was happy with the way the team, especially the defense led by Knodel, responded to adversity on Saturday.
Downing is sixth on the team with nine goals and seven assists for 16 points.
AFTER climbing to No. 17 in the USCHO national poll with four straight wins, the Wildcats dropped back out of the Top 20 with a pair of 3-1 losses to Union over the weekend. The Wildcats also dropped to No. 22 in the PairWise rankings, down from No. 13.
Maine is 11-8-3 and 5-3-2 and slipped a spot to No. 20 in this week's USCHO poll after a 1-1 tie at UMass-Lowell on Friday and 7-2 loss at Boston College on Saturday.