Winning two of three games against Elmira, Reading clinched a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs and improved to 35-22-6, one point behind the second-place Jackals. The Royals are returning to the postseason after not qualifying a year ago when their streak of three Kelly Cup appearances, including a trip to the conference finals in 2004, was ended.
Reading travels to Elmira on Friday before hosting Trenton on Saturday while the Jackals host Wheeling on Monday and Dayton on Thursday and Saturday. The Royals are 5-4-1 against the Jackals, who are 4-0-0 at home and 5-3-2 overall against Reading. The Royals have won the last three meetings with the Devils to improve to 2-0-2 at home and 5-3-2 overall this season and 33-32-8 all-time against Trenton. The Jackals are 3-0-0 at home and 6-1-0 overall against Wheeling and 2-1-0 at home and 3-2-1 overall against Dayton.
Trenton, which went 3-0-0 last week, hosts Wheeling on Thursday and travels to Reading on Saturday. The Devils, who are nine points behind Dayton for the fifth and final playoff berth, are trying to reach the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the fourth straight year. Trenton is 2-1-1 at home and 5-3-1 overall against Wheeling this season and 34-26-7 all-time against the Nailers. The Devils are 2-2-0 on the road and 5-5-0 overall against Reading and 40-25-8 all-time against the Royals.
Johnston has gone 7-2-1 in their last 10 games to improve to 30-27-5 and fourth place in the division, one-point in front over defending American Conference champion Dayton (27-25-10). The Chiefs are trying to reach the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the third straight season for the first time since 2000 to 2002 while the Bombers are looking for their first back-to-back postseason appearances since 2000 and 2001. Johnstown travels to Cincinnati on Monday and Wednesday before hosting the Cyclones on Friday and Wheeling on Sunday. Cincinnati, which needs one point to clinch the North Division, is 6-0-0 in the season series and 25-11-4 all-time against the Chiefs. Johnstown has won the last two meetings with Wheeling to improve to 3-1-0 at home and 7-3-0 overall this season and 70-63-15 all-time against the Nailers.
Dayton visits Elmira on Thursday and Saturday and Trenton on Friday. The Bombers have won the last three meetings with Elmira to improve to 1-1-1 on the road and 3-2-1 overall against the Jackals. Dayton is 2-2-1 on the road and 4-4-1 overall this season against the Devils.
Cincinnati, which is 7-2-1 in the last 10 games, is 47-10-4 and needs only one point to clinch the North Division. The Cyclones will host Johnstown on Monday and Wednesday before traveling to Johnstown on Friday and Wheeling on Saturday. Cincinnati is 3-0-0 at home and 6-0-0 overall this season and 25-11-4 all-time against the Chiefs. The Cyclones have won the last seven meetings with Wheeling to improve to 5-0-0 at home and 9-1-0 overall this season and 22-23-4 all-time against the Nailers.