For some, the chance of making the Condors ended Wednesday night after an intrasquad scrimmage at Rabobank Arena.
For others, the test continues tonight as the intensity ramps up when the Condors travel to San Francisco for the first of three ECHL pre-season games. The Condors play in Stockton on Friday night before finishing up the pre-season schedule on Sunday at home against San Francisco.
"We're going to make some decisions here tonight and take 28 players on the road for the next two games," Condors coach Troy Mann said of trimming the roster.
The Condors had 33 players on the ice Wednesday.
Mann said it was tough to evaluate scrimmages, but was trying to keep a sharp eye on the bubble guys.
"There's some decisions to make over the next three, four days and you're certainly trying to evaluate that more than anything else," he said.
Asked who stood out for positive reasons, Mann mentioned rookie forward Luke Greiner and second-year player Jake Morley, who played 23 games with the Condors last season. Each scored goals on Wednesday night.
"The one guy who has really done a good job over the course of the week in practice is Greiner," Mann said. "I thought the first intrasquad game (on Sunday) he was just OK and tonight he competed hard out there.
"Jake Morley has really come in here to earn himself a job. He's had a tremendous work ethic all week in practice. He scored two goals the other night, it's not because he scored the goals, but he's working hard. He made a great play tonight and earned himself another goal. He's a guy who's come in and wants to be here. You gotta like that about guys."
Now Mann is ready to see what his guys can do against an opponent.
"It's always great to start playing against other competition (so) you can really see guys compete hard against each other, especially from the physical standpoint," he said. "It's tough when you're playing against your own teammates. You're not expected to kill guys putting them through the boards.
"There are some guys that have to play that way to be effective, to be good in this league and they need to play that way (tonight). That's the biggest key for me."