BY MIKE GRIFFITH Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
The Condors are officially playing out the season, having been eliminated from playoff contention with a 2-1 loss in Las Vegas on Tuesday, which means it's a perfect time to look toward next season.
Which is exactly what Condors coach Matt O'Dette is doing.
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Rabobank Arena
Radio: KHTY (970 AM)
Condors' record: 21-42-5
Series: Condors are 3-6-0
Notes: Had the Condors played .500 hockey post-NHL lockout they would be tied with the San Francisco Bulls and in a battle for a playoff berth heading into the final nine days of the ECHL season. They started the post-lockout era with three straight wins but stand four games under .500 during post-lockout play. Bakersfield has four games left, three of them on home ice ... The first 2,000 fans 17 and younger at tonight's game will receive free Mohawk hair pieces ... On Sunday, former Condors take center stage at 3 p.m. in the alumni game and shootout as part of the ninth annual Condors Fighting Cancer Hockey-Thon. Expected to participate are Kevin Barrett, Scott Borders, Jamie Cooke, Steve Dowhy, Scott Hay, Mike Hofstrand, Liam Huculak, Andrew Ianiero, Brian McCarthy, Glen Mears, Al Murphy, Jason Reesor, Paul Rosebush, Kevin Truelson and Paul Willett. The game wraps up a 24-hour marathon of hockey to raise money for Links for Life, a Bakersfield breast cancer resource center. The Condors host San Francisco at 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Two new players were signed on Thursday and two more will arrive in Bakersfield today.
"We're looking at some new guys," O'Dette said. "This time of year we're obviously looking to next year and potential guys who can help us down the line."
Signed on Thursday was forward Kyle De Laurell, who just wrapped up a stellar, four-year collegiate career at the Air Force Academy, and defenseman Scott Macaulay, who finished four years of play at Northern Michigan University.
De Laurell, 24, was named to the first-team All-Atlantic Hockey Association Team as he led the conference with 17 goals in 27 conference games. It was the second straight season that the Mission Viejo native was named to the first-team.
He paced the team in scoring the past two seasons with 36 points (19 goals, 17 assists) in 37 games his senior year and 38 points (15 goals, 23 assists) as a junior.
Macaulay, 22, was captain of the Wildcats each of the past two seasons. He set a career-high in goals with five as a senior, to go along with 11 assists, for 16 points.
To make room on the roster, the Condors waived forwards Tyler Maxwell and Nick Prokow and defenseman Dale Warkentin.
"Nothing against the guys that left but we've seen them all year and they don't figure into our future plans," O'Dette said. "We're shuffling the puzzle pieces and looking to the future. We need to get eyes on some guys and uncover guys who can help us in the future.
"Last year we brought in (defenseman) Scott Enders and (goaltender) Scott Greenham and we got both of them back this season."