Royals, Chiefs, Nailers Having Strong Season

Winning four consecutive games, Columbus has improved to 30-21-4 and is in fourth place in the Central Division with 64 points. With 17 games remaining, the Cottonmouths have surpassed their season high for points (59 in 2001-02) and wins (25 in 2002-03) while looking to qualify for the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the first time since moving to Columbus in 2001-02. The Cottonmouths will play at Florida on February 27-28. Columbus is 1-0-0 against Florida in 2003-04, winning 2-0 at home on December 14, and 7-9-1 overall against Florida.

Going 8-1-1 in its last 10 games, Reading has improved to 30-15-8 and moved into a tie for third place with Peoria in the Northern Division with 68 points. With 19 games remaining, the Royals are one point shy of their season high for points (69 in 2002-03) and two wins shy of their season high for wins (32 in 2002-03) while looking to qualify for the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the first time since moving to Reading in 2001-02. Reading hosts Atlantic City on February 24 and plays at Peoria on February 27-28. The Royals are 0-0-1 at home and 1-3-2 overall against Atlantic City in 2003-04 and 8-12-3 all-time against the Boardwalk Bullies. Reading is 2-0-0 at Peoria and 2-0-1 overall against the Rivermen in 2003-04 and 4-3-0 all-time against Peoria.

Going 7-1-2 in its last 10 games, Johnstown has improved to 30-16-6 and is in fourth place in the Northern Division with 68 points, two points behind Reading and Peoria. With 20 games remaining, the Chiefs have already surpassed the 28 wins from 2002-03 and need only one point to tie the 67 points from 2002-03. Looking to return to the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2001-02 and the 10th time in its 16-year history, Johnstown is 12 points shy of its season high for points (80 in 2001-02) and nine wins shy of its season high for wins (39 in 2001-02). Johnstown plays at Trenton on February 25 and at Toledo on February 27 before returning home to host Toledo on February 28 and Trenton on February 29. The Chiefs are 3-1-0 against Trenton in 2003-04 and 9-14-2 all-time in the regular season against the Titans. Johnstown is 3-2-1 against Toledo in 2003-04 and 39-43-1 all-time in the regular season against the Storm.

Wheeling is 38-13-2 and sits atop the ECHL, the Eastern Conference and the Northern Division with 78 points as the Nailers look to qualify for the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the first time since 1997-98. The 38 wins are the most for the team since 42 wins in 1995-96 and eight wins shy of the team record of 46 wins in 1994-95. The 78 points are the most since 83 points in 1997-98 and are 19 points shy of the team record of 97 points in 1994-95.