Extending its winning streak to four games with road wins at Elmira, Reading and Wheeling, Johnstown is 27-26-4 and has 58 points, two points behind fourth-place Dayton (25-20-10).
The Chiefs, who are 10-3-2 in their last 15 games, host Wheeling on Friday and Elmira on Saturday before traveling to Trenton on Sunday. Johnstown is 2-1-0 at home and 6-3-0 overall against Wheeling this season and 69-63-15 all-time against the Nailers. The Chiefs have won the last two meetings to improve to 4-2-1 against Elmira and they are 3-1-0 on the road and 6-2-0 overall this year and 36-33-11 all-time against Trenton.
Dayton, which is 6-2-2 in its last 10 games, travels to the south where it will play at South Carolina on Tuesday, at Charlotte on Thursday and Saturday and at Columbia on Friday.
Cincinnati continues to lead the North with 87 points (42-9-3) while Reading is second with 71 points (33-18-4) and Elmira is third with 69 points (31-18-7). The Cyclones have already clinched their berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
The Royals, who are 7-1-2 in their last 10 games, travel to Cincinnati on Friday and Saturday and to Wheeling on Sunday. Reading is 13-11-1 all-time against the Cyclones and 32-24-6 all-time against the Nailers.
Elmira travels to Trenton on Friday and Johnstown on Saturday. The Jackals are 2-1-1 on the road and 6-1-1 overall against the Devils and are 2-1-0 on the road and 3-3-1 overall against the Chiefs.
Trenton, which has won its last three games to move within nine points of Johnstown for the last playoff spot, hosts Elmira on Friday, Wheeling on Saturday and Johnstown on Sunday. The Devils are 2-1-1 at home against Elmira and 2-0-1 at home against Wheeling.