Johnstown picked up four crucial points last week to improve to 24-22-5 and move into the fifth and final playoff spot in the North Division with 53 points, one point in front of Dayton (24-20-4) and two points behind fourth-place Toledo (27-21-1). The Chiefs, who have won their last three games and are 7-2-1 in the last 10 games, host Dayton on Wednesday and Toledo on Sunday while traveling to Reading on Friday and Wheeling on Saturday.
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.
Cincinnati continues to lead the division with 60 points (28-20-4), which is three points ahead of Trenton (26-22-5) and four points in front of third-place Reading (25-24-6). The Cyclones travel to California where they will play at Fresno on Tuesday and Sunday and at Stockton on Friday and Saturday. Trenton travels to Ohio where it will play at Toledo on Friday and Saturday and at Dayton on Sunday. Reading, which has won season-high five games and a season best four home games in a row, will host Johnstown on Friday and Dayton on Saturday before traveling to Wheeling on Sunday.
Toledo, which has won its last two games and is 4-1-0 in the last five games, will travel to Dayton on Tuesday and to Johnstown on Sunday while hosting Wheeling on Wednesday and Trenton on Friday and Saturday. Dayton will look to climb back into the race when it hosts Toledo on Tuesday and Trenton on Sunday while playing at Johnstown on Wednesday, at Wheeling on Friday and at Reading on Saturday.