As North Division Heats Up Cincinnati Stays In Control

Going 3-0-1 last week and 6-3-1 in its last 10 games, Cincinnati remains in first place in the North Division with 52 points (24-16-4). Trenton is in second place with 49 points (22-16-5) and Toledo, which is 7-1-0 in its last eight games, is in third place with 47 points (23-18-1). Dayton is in fourth place with 46 points (21-14-4) while Reading has the fifth and final playoff berth with 44 points (19-22-6). Johnstown, which posted back-to-back wins against Reading last week, is in sixth place with 40 points (18-20-4) followed by Wheeling with 38 points (18-22-2).

In the North Division, berths in the Kelly Cup Playoffs will be awarded to the first-place team as well as to the next four-best teams, based on regular-season point totals. The fourth seed and the fifth seed will play a best-of-three series in the Division Quarterfinals with the winner advancing to meet the division winner in the Division Semifinals, a best-of-five series that also had the second seed playing the third seed. The winners will advance to the best-of-seven Division Finals with the winner advancing to the American Conference Finals to meet the winner of the South Division.

Trenton, which has won its last two games to improve to 3-2-1 in its last six games, travels south to meet Augusta on Friday and Columbia on Saturday. Toledo will conclude its trip west playing at Las Vegas on Tuesday and at Bakersfield on Wednesday. Dayton visits Wheeling on Tuesday before heading south to play at Columbia on Friday and at South Carolina on Saturday. Johnstown plays at Cincinnati on Wednesday before hosting Wheeling on Saturday and Reading on Sunday.

Dayton, which has already equaled its point total and surpassed its win total from last season, is looking to return to the postseason for the first time since it lost in the Kelly Cup Finals in 2002.