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BY MIKE GRIFFITH Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bakersfield Condors announced the signing of three players on Wednesday -- brothers Scott and Blair Macaulay and goaltender Paul Karpowich.
Scott Macaulay, a 22-year old defenseman, joined the Condors late last season, playing in four games and scoring his first goal in the final regular-season game.
"He's a puck-moving defenseman, right shot, who can hopefully play some power play for us over time," Condors coach Troy Mann said. "We want to have strong depth on the back end and he is certainly a kid who can add to that."
With one brother already in the fold -- "I loved the town and the rink last season," Scott Macaulay said -- Mann set about luring his older brother.
Blair Macaulay, a 25-year old right wing, just finished four seasons at the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, Manitoba) where he was named CIS West's Most Valuable Player the past two seasons. He led the Bisons in scoring the past three seasons and amassed 188 points (56 goals, 62 assists) during his four-year career.
"He's a two-time MVP who we have high hopes for this season," Mann said. "Skilled guy who's grown his game this past couple of seasons and is now ready for the pro game."
The one-two punch of Mann and his brother was good enough for Blair Macaulay.
"Talking to Troy and seeing his interest in me was the biggest factor in me coming to Bakersfield," he said. "He understood the type of player I am and what I can bring to the ice.
"My brother also said it was a good town and a good place to play."
Karpowich, 24 was selected in the seventh round of the 2008 NHL draft by the St. Louis Blues and played 25 games in the ECHL with Evansville (Ind.) last season. He also played two games with the American Hockey League's Peoria (Ill.) Rivermen.
He was 7-13-2 in Evansville (the worst team in the Eastern Conference) with a .900 save percentage.
Karpowich (6-foot-2, 192 pounds) played four seasons for Clarkson University (Potsdam, N.Y.) where he was a teammate of 2012-13 Condors Nicholas Tremblay and Jake Morley. His best season came as a senior in 2011-12 when he posted a record of 16-15-6 with a 2.46 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.