Dauphin, Canada

For the most part, it's been a very clean season for the Dauphin Clippers statistically, and a big reason for the team's success is Alex Iwanchysko.

In 22 games, the 16-year-old has 31 points, 10 of which are goals.

"It's been an incredible season so far," said Iwanchysko. "I've improved a lot from last season, and the team has as well. I've just been trying to get open and into the scoring areas. My teammates have really been helping me, and I've had lots of chances."

Unfortunately for Alex, he broke his thumb this past weekend at a Provincial qualifier in Hamiota, which will sideline him for the next two to four weeks.

"It's really hard for me," said Iwanchysko. "I really want to be out there helping the team. But, I just have to focus on trying to get healthy and hopefully, I can be healthy for later in the playoffs."

The time of the injury came just a week before the Clippers were set to open their playoffs, which kick off this Friday as Deloraine will be in town and Alex will not be in the lineup, but he still has a ton of confidence in the group.

"We know we can play at a high level," said Iwanchysko. "We just have to keep playing the same way we have. We're really good offensively, so if we tighten up defensively, we'll be good."

The puck drops on Friday in game one between Dauphin and Deloraine at 7:45 at Credit Union Place.