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Umile says van Riemsdyk ‘unlikely’ to return for quarterfinals

The University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team doesn’t play again until next weekend, but it still looks like the Wildcats won’t have Trevor van Riemsdyk in the mix when they do.

Van Riemsdyk fractured his ankle in a Jan. 18 loss to Union, and though it was initially targeted for a six-week recovery to have him healthy in time for the playoffs, Coach Dick Umile said the junior defenseman isn’t ready yet for a return to the ice.

“Nothing’s different,” said Umile, whose Wildcats play Northeastern in the best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinals starting March 14. “He’s making some progress, but it’s very unlikely we’ll see him for this next series.”

Umile didn’t rule out a return at some point in the playoffs for van Riemsdyk, who is an alternate captain and was an All-America selection as a sophomore.

“We’re not going to rule (it) out,” he said. “If we win and get to Boston (for the semifinals), he might be around. That would be nice.”

The coach did have a good update on junior center Grayson Downing, who returned from a shoulder injury last weekend against Merrimack.

“He got through the weekend and felt pretty good,” Umile said. “He looks strong, he played hard. He had a good game, especially Saturday night.”

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