Winning three one-goal games in row over the weekend, Johnstown improved to 24-20-11 and 59 points which places them fourth in the North Division, four points behind third-place Toledo at 29-17-5 and five points ahead of defending Kelly Cup champion Trenton at 26-25-2.
Johnstown, which has had a league-high 14 games go to a shootout (4-10) and is looking to return to the postseason for the 11th time in its history, will play at Reading on Friday and host Greenville on Sunday.
Reading continues to lead the North with a record of 32-14-7 and 71 points, three points ahead of Wheeling at 32-17-4 and eight points in front of Toledo at 29-17-5. The Royals need a combination of six points in wins and/or losses by Dayton to advance to the postseason for the third consecutive season. Reading, which advanced to the division finals a year ago and the conference finals in 2004, hosts Greenville on Tuesday, Johnstown on Friday and Trenton on Saturday.
Looking to return to the Kelly Cup Playoffs after missing the postseason a year ago, Wheeling will host Greenville on Friday and Toledo on Sunday. Toledo, which can reach the postseason in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1998 and 1999, will host Trenton on Wednesday and Friday and Greenville on Saturday before visiting Wheeling on Sunday. Trenton, which has reached the Kelly Cup Playoffs five times in its six seasons, continues its five-game road trip visiting Toledo on Wednesday and Friday and Reading on Saturday.