The Paris Mounties fell in back-to-back games on the weekend to close out the Niagara and District Junior Hockey League regular season.
But the team will shrug off the loses to the Norwich Merchants and Dundas Blues as it prepares to take on the Woodstock Navy Vets in the first round of the West Division playoffs.
The Mounties closed the regular season with a 18-16-4 record, good for third place in their division. The first place New Hamburg Firebirds and second place Merchants get a bye in the first round of the postseason, leaving the Mounties to face the last place Navy Vets.
The Mounties won the season series 5-1 against Woodstock.
Mounties forward Ian Fowler finished fourth overall in the league scoring race with 22 goals and 53 points in 37 games, while forward Brandan Verasamy finished with one of the best points-per-game records in the league.
Verasamy posted 24 goals and 42 points – ninth place in the league – despite playing in only 25 games because of a head injury.
The playoffs kick off in Woodstock on Friday night and then shift back to the Brant Sports Complex on Saturday and Tuesday.