Picking up a pair of road wins Elmira moved into second place in the North Division and qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs. In their first season in the ECHL, the Jackals are 33-18-7 and one point ahead of Reading (33-20-6) and 20 points behind Cincinnati (45-9-3).
Elmira travels to Reading on Wednesday and visits Johnstown on Saturday while hosting Reading on Friday. The Jackals are 3-0-0 at home and 4-2-2 overall against the Royals and are 3-1-0 at Johnstown and 4-3-1 overall against the Chiefs.
Reading can clinch its berth with a victory as it looks to return to the Kelly Cup Playoffs after not qualifying a year ago, ending three straight postseasons that included a conference finals appearance in 2004. The Royals host Elmira on Wednesday and Wheeling on Saturday while traveling to Elmira on Friday and Johnstown on Sunday. Reading has won the last two meetings with Elmira to improve to 4-1-0 at home and 4-3-1 overall against the Jackals. The Royals are 3-0-1 at Johnstown and 5-2-1 overall against the Chiefs and are 2-1-0 at home and 5-3-0 overall in the season series against Wheeling.
Johnstown remained hot last week going 2-0-1 to improve to 12-3-3 in its last 18 games and 29-26-5 overall, one point ahead of defending American Conference champion Dayton (26-23-10) for fourth place. The Chiefs are trying to reach the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the third straight year for the first time since 2000-02 while the Bombers are looking for their first back-to-back postseason appearance since 2000-01.
Johnstown hosts Elmira on Saturday and Reading on Sunday while Dayton hosts Trenton on Friday and Saturday and Cincinnati on Sunday. The Chiefs are 4-2-2 overall and 1-1-2 at home against Elmira and have won the last two meetings to improve to 3-4-1 against Reading. The Bombers are 3-0-0 at home and 4-2-1 overall against Trenton this season and 26-27-9 all-time against Cincinnati.