Outscoring its opponents 28-7 while winning all five games it played last week, Dayton improved to 29-20-4 and jumped to second place in the North Division with 62 points, two points behind leader Cincinnati (30-22-4) and two points ahead of third-place Reading (27-25-6).
The 29 wins and 62 points are the most since 2001-02 when Dayton finished first in its division and advanced to the Kelly Cup Finals. The Bombers, who have won six of their last 10 games and are looking to reach the postseason for the first time since 2002, will play at Cincinnati on Friday before hosting Wheeling on Saturday and Sunday.
Reading, which has won eight of its last 10 games and is looking for its fourth consecutive trip to the Kelly Cup Playoffs, travels to South Carolina on Friday and Saturday. Cincinnati, which returned to the ice after a two-year absence, will visit Johnstown 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.
Toledo (29-24-1) and Trenton (27-24-5) are tied for fourth place with 59 points, three points ahead of Johnstown (25-24-6). The Storm, which lost in the conference finals a year ago, will host Wheeling (21-27-6) on Wednesday before heading to Trenton on Friday and Saturday and Johnstown on Sunday.
Johnstown, which is 4-4-2 in the last 10 games, visits Trenton on Wednesday before hosting Wheeling on Friday, Cincinnati on Saturday and Toledo on Sunday.