Winning three games in three days with back-to-back home wins against Peoria on Friday and Saturday and a win at Johnstown on Sunday, Toledo moved into fourth place in the North Division at 34-22-4 and 72 points. The Storm, however, are only one point ahead of fifth-place Trenton which has played one less game than Toledo.
The two will go head to head on Friday and Saturday in Toledo. Trenton is 2-0-0 at Toledo and 5-1-0 overall against the Storm, whose only victory was 7-5 at Trenton on February 16. Toledo is 20-8-1 at home while Trenton is 0-2-1 in its last three road games and 12-11-5 overall on the road heading Tuesday at Charlotte.
Trenton plays four road games in six days traveling to Charlotte on Tuesday, Toledo on Friday and Saturday and Reading on Sunday. The Titans beat Charlotte 4-1 on November 5 in the only meeting between the two teams. The Titans have lost the last two times at Reading to fall to 2-2-0 and are 5-3-0 overall against the Royals.
Acquired in a seven-player trade with Greenville, Carl Mallette scored seven points (4g-3a) in his first three games with the Storm, giving him 72 points (28g-44a) in 58 games and moving him into a first-place tie for the ECHL scoring lead with NHL All-Star Scott Gomez (11g-61a).
The North Division remains the closest race with three points separating the top five teams. Wheeling (35-21-4) and Atlantic City (33-19-8) are tied for first with 74 points, one point ahead of Reading (34-18-5) which has played three less games than the two teams ahead of it. Peoria is in sixth place at 30-20-7 and 67 points, and it has played two less games than Trenton and three less games than Toledo.
Wheeling, which was 2-2-0 last week including a 5-2 loss at home to Peoria on Sunday, will host Atlantic City on Thursday, Johnstown on Friday and Peoria on Saturday. The Nailers are winless in their last three home games against Atlantic City (0-2-1) and 1-2-1 at home and 4-2-1 overall against the Bullies. Wheeling has won the last five meetings with Johnstown, improving to 5-1-0 overall and 3-0-0 at home against the Chiefs, and is 3-1-0 at home and 4-2-0 overall against Peoria.
Atlantic City, which was 2-1-1, last week following a 4-3 loss at Dayton on Sunday, will play at Dayton on Tuesday and at Wheeling on Thursday before hosting Peoria on Friday and Reading on Saturday. The Bullies are 2-2-0 at Dayton and 6-2-1 overall against the Bombers. Atlantic City has won the last three times at Wheeling to improve to 3-0-1 on the road and 3-0-4 overall against the Nailers. The Bullies are winless in the last five meetings against Peoria, falling to 1-5-0 and 0-2-0 at home against the Rivermen. Atlantic City has won the last two meetings to improve to 3-1-0 at Reading and 5-2-0 overall against the Royals.
Reading will host Peoria on Tuesday, Dayton on Thursday and Trenton on Sunday while traveling to Atlantic City on Saturday. The Royals have lost the last two meetings with Peoria and are 1-0-0 at home and 3-2-0 overall against the Rivermen. Reading is 2-1-0 at home and 5-1-0 overall against Dayton. The Royals have won the last two times at home against Trenton to improve to 2-2-0 at home and 3-4-1 overall against the Titans. Reading is 1-1-1 at Atlantic City and 2-3-2 overall against the Bullies.
Peoria concludes its seven-game road trip visiting Reading on Tuesday, Johnstown on Thursday, Atlantic City on Friday and Wheeling on Saturday. The Rivermen, who are 1-2-0 on the current trip and 11-13-2 overall on the road, have won the last two times against Reading to improve to 2-2-0 at home and 2-3-0 overall against the Royals. Peoria won the last time to improve to 1-2-0 at Johnstown and is 2-2-1 overall against the Chiefs. The Rivermen have won the last five meetings to improve to 5-1-0 against Atlantic City, including a 2-0-0 record on the road. The Rivermen won 5-2 on Sunday to improve to 1-3-0 at Wheeling and 2-3-1 overall against the Nailers.