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BY MIKE GRIFFITH Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Three new players were on the ice for the Condors at Tuesday's practice as coach Troy Mann and general manager John Olver continue to make changes.
Forwards Austin Mayer and Matt Thurber along with defensemen Kyle Follmer were signed on Tuesday as the team looks to rebound from a 2-10-1 start.
"It's hard to judge after one day, it was a pretty hard skate," Mann said of the new acquisitions.
Mayer, 25, started this season with the Stockton Thunder and was released on Nov. 13 after playing in just two games. He spent last season with Fort Worth, Texas in the Central Hockey League where he had 37 points in 52 games.
Thurber and Follmer are looking to start their pro careers and were teammates at Northern Michigan University the past two seasons.
Thurber (5-foot-9, 190 pounds) played two years at the University of Wisconsin before transferring to Northern Michigan where he led the team in scoring both seasons. Follmer (5-11, 200) led defensemen in scoring at Northern Michigan as a junior and put up double-digit point totals all four seasons.
In other moves, the Condors suspended C.J. Lee, who they claimed off waivers from Gwinnett and placed center Ryan Garlock on the 21-day injured reserve.
Mann said Lee told them he was going to retire. By suspending him the Condors retain his ECHL rights.
The Condors are coming off a 4-3 shootout win in Stockton on Sunday. They face the top team in the Pacific Division, the Ontario Reign, on Friday and Saturday nights in Ontario.