January 19, 2014 PRINT Bookmark and Share

Van Riemsdyk Injured in Loss; May Miss Rest of Season

by Joshua Seguin/Staff Writer

MANCHESTER, N.H. — In the first period of New Hampshire's game against Union on Saturday, junior defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk was helped off the ice with a right ankle injury.

Van Riemsdyk has 19 points on the season, which is third on the team and second nationally among defensemen.

Van Riemsdyk is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

In the second period, junior forward Grayson Downing was also injured, favoring his shoulder. Downing has nine goals and 16 points on the season. Last season, Downing had a breakout year with 15 goals and 16 assists in 31 games.

Downing will miss 2-4 weeks, according to reports.

"He (van Riemsdyk), is probably one of the best defensemen in the country ... and Grayson was injured too," New Hampshire coach Dick Umile said. "But I felt everyone stepped up and competed hard for us. We had our chances to get it tied it up but it was just that kind of night and the injuries just added to it."

Van Riemsdyk was helped off the ice and was unable to put any weight on the injured leg.

New Hampshire lost the game, 3-1, and was swept on the weekend.

"I was really proud of the way the team played under the circumstances it was presented." said Umile. "A lot happened out there and I was just proud of the way they played. It was a tough one to take."

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