Avs Rally Falls Short, Lose To Jets 5-2

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Blake Wheeler had an empty-net goal and four assists in the Winnipeg Jets’ 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night.

Wheeler extended his point streak to nine games. He has two goals and 15 assists during the run, and is second in the NHL with 18 assists overall — one behind Colorado’s Mikko Rantanen.

Kyle Connor and Patrik Laine had power-play goals, giving the Jets at least one power-play goal in 11 straight games to add to a franchise record. Mark Scheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers also scored, with Scheifele adding an assist. Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves.

Colorado defenseman Eric Johnson scored his first goal of the season, Tyson Jost added a goal and Semyon Varlamov stopped 19 shots. The Avalanche have lost five in a row.

UP NEXT

Avalanche: At Edmonton on Sunday.
Jets: Host New Jersey on Sunday.

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‘Fun Day In Denver’ Turns Into Tradition For Military Families

By Jeff Todd

DENVER (CBS4)– Seven years ago, Bill Hanzlik and his partners at the Gold Crown Foundation had an idea to help military members and their kids.

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“We decided to go down to Fort Carson, 25,000 troops down there. We take 25 kids from each of the elementary schools, 100 from Carson Middle School and we bring them up for a fun day in Denver,” Hanzlik said.

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The kids played dodge ball, soccer, and basketball, led by the Metro State University of Denver men’s basketball team.

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“Most of these kids have only seen their parents half their lives because of deployments. We know if we can put a smile on a soldier’s face knowing their child had a fun day, that’s all we need to do,” Hanzlik said.

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That day turned into a tradition that’s still happening now.

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“I do know a little bit what it’s like to have your parent be gone. I moved from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and then California twice,” said Adam Orr, a player on the MSU team and the son of an Air Force Recruiter. “It was tough but it was always it was something you get used to in a way.”

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That’s how many of the kids feel as well.

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“Moving a lot isn’t that difficult, eventually you kind of just get used to it. It’s a lot easier when you’re younger because you’re able to make friends a lot more easily,” said Avery Ketchmark, a Carson Middle School student. “I’m moving in January and I just decided that I wanted to go to a Gold Crown event before I moved. I wanted to be with my friends.”

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The 200 kids were also treated to a Denver Nuggets game at the Pepsi Center.

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“It’s good to see them have fun and they can just be free and be kids,” Orr said.

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Jeff Todd joined the CBS4 team in 2011 covering the Western Slope in the Mountain Newsroom. Since 2015 he’s been working across the Front Range in the Denver Headquarters. Follow him on Twitter @CBS4Jeff.

Brothers In Arms: Series of Coincidences Leads to Lifelong Friendship For WWII Veterans

By Brian Maass

DENVER (CBS4)– When Lee Tulper and Ben Trujillo signed on to fight for their country in World War II, neither teenager had an inkling of the devastation they would see, the injuries they would suffer, and the lifelong friendship that would emerge from their chance meeting on a battlefield in Europe.

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“It is just something that happens to your heart that is real… you have a love for that person that has been a part of your life all these years,” said Trujillo who is 94.

The native of Watrous, New Mexico lied about his age so he could join the army at age 17 and fight in World War II.

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Tulper, 94, a Denver native, had also enlisted in the Army and was sent overseas to join the war effort.

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Tulper was a radioman and was sent to the front lines. Trujillo, an infantryman, had already been on the front lines and his unit was being moved back. Neither man knew the other. But as their divisions crossed paths, Trujillo approached Tulper to ask some questions about the radioman’s job.

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“I look across the road and I saw this big aerial and I always wondered how communication worked so I went across the road and said something to him.”

They only spoke for a minute or two and left without knowing each other’s names. Tulper only remembered that Trujillo was from the Western United States, which was unusual.

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”I remember that he was from New Mexico and in my group we didn’t have anyone from the West, hardly at all. They were all from New Jersey and Pennsylvania.”

The divisions moving in opposite directions, each man quickly left and thought nothing more of the exchange.

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Trujillo, a combat medic, would lose a leg during a firefight in Germany. He was later awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. Tulper would also suffer life-altering injuries, losing his hearing on the battlefield. He, too, received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

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When the war ended, Tulper returned to Denver and went to work in his family’s jewelry store . Trujillo would coincidentally end up in Denver as well, going to watchmaking school.

One day, Trujillo’s boss needed some parts so sent Trujillo to Tulper’s jewelry store.

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“I went in and this guy came to the counter,” said Trujillo, ”and I looked at him and for some reason I said to him, ‘Haven’t I seen you somewhere before?’ He started to walk away and it hit me, ‘I know! You were the guy with the big aerial.’”

Tulper recalls the chance meeting this way, “When he walked in, we just looked at each other. There was something about him that stayed with me. I know this guy!”

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The men quickly reviewed their chance encounter in Europe and now a second chance encounter sparked a friendship that would span the next 70 years.

Tulper says Trujillo became a store manager for Zales, “and we had contact almost every single day.”

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The men became intertwined in each other’s lives, watching each other’s children grow up, talking every day and becoming best friends.

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“I would say we are as close as two brothers,” said Trujillo. ”He has always helped me with everything and I did the same thing for him. Lee will always be there for me if I ever need it. Even today, if I call and said, ‘Lee I want you to come over and this and that,’ he will be right over. He doesn’t hesitate. And he knows I will do the same thing for him.”

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Trujillo continued, “Inside you love this guy for what he is and you want to keep that love forever.”

Advancing years have inevitably slowed each man down. But it seems their fondness and love for each other has only become stronger- feelings that grew out of multiple coincidences and chance encounters.

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“There was just some kind of a feeling. You had to be part of each other. I don’t know for me, thinking that Benny’s not around, that would kill me right about now. I think I am closer with Benny than I was with my own brother,” said Tulper.

CBS4 Investigator Brian Maass has been with the station more than 30 years uncovering waste, fraud and corruption. Follow him on Twitter @Briancbs4.

Chad Johnson Makes 32 Saves, Blues Shut Out Sharks

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Blues goalie Chad Johnson swears he wasn’t in a special zone or mindset. The San Jose Sharks might disagree.

Johnson made 33 saves for his first shutout with St. Louis, helping the Blues beat the Sharks 4-0 on Friday night.

“I don’t really think about being locked in or on,” Johnson said. “I don’t think about how I feel. You kind of go out there. You prepare. I prepare the same way every day. I just try to feel the same way or not feel at all.”

Alex Pietrangelo, Ryan O’Reilly, Jaden Schwartz, and Alexander Steen scored. The Blues have won four of five games after winning just two of their first eight to start the season.

“We’re rolling four lines good,” Pietrangelo said. “We’re using everybody in every situation. There just seems to be good jumps, so when every line is getting out there, it seems like there’s a lot of energy.”

Johnson started just his third game of the season, but his second straight. He improved to 2-2-0 with his first shutout since November 2016 with the Calgary Flames.

“We’ve kind of been leaving our goalies out to dry,” Pietrangelo said. “They’ll make the first save. It’s our job to take care of the second ones. We’re doing a great job right now taking care of them.”

Pietrangelo roofed a shot past goalie Aaron Dell with both teams down a man to open the scoring in the first period. Dell allowed four goals on 31 shots to fall to 1-2-2.

“It’s been horrible,” Sharks center Logan Couture said about the team’s defense. “It’s not just the d-men, it’s forwards. It’s not good. It’s not good enough in American League level. It’s ugly right now.”

San Jose lost its second consecutive game and was shutout for the second time this season.

“The last two games haven’t been good,” Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said. “We’re not going to make more out of it than it is. We were playing some pretty good hockey up until the last two games.”

In the second period, O’Reilly buried a feed from Jaden Schwartz for his team-leading eighth goal of the season to give him points in a career-best nine consecutive games. He is the first St. Louis player to register a nine-game point streak in his first season with the team since Doug Weight accomplished the feat Oct. 4-25, 2001.

“He does the right thing in his preparation,” Blues coach Mike Yeo said. “He’s working hard. He’s prepared. Mentally and physically he’s prepared to play the game.”

Later in the second, Schwartz snapped a four-game scoring drought when he beat Dell on a pass from Tyler Bozak for his second goal of the season.

Steen scored his fourth of the season 12:21 into the third period to push the St. Louis lead to 4-0.

St. Louis failed to convert on four power play opportunities snapping a streak of six straight games with a power play goal.

NOTES:

Blues RW Vladimir Tarasenko extended his points streak to a season-best six games (four goals, four assists). … LW Nikita Soshnikov made his season debut after being sidelined with post-concussion syndrome to start the season. … San Jose has allowed at least three goals in nine consecutive games. … Sharks D Brent Burns played in 406th consecutive game, the longest streak among active players.

UP NEXT:

Sharks: Host Calgary on Sunday to open a six-game homestand

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Poor Sacramento Air From Wildfires Trigger Breathing Problems, Burn Ban

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Smoke from the Camp Fire in Butte County moved in late Thursday night and is sitting over Sacramento.

As the Camp Fire roars into its second day, heavy smoke is creeping down from Paradise. The smoke has caused breathing problems and triggered a burn ban across Sacramento.

Sacramento County Air Quality Management District is now putting restrictions on all burning from wood stoves to fireplaces.

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People are advised to stay indoors and avoid breathing in unhealthy air.

This is the first time in more than a decade that the county has had to issue such a ban due to a wildfire.

As of Friday, the County’s burn order is in effect until Monday. For updates, check out their website

Crews Control 2-Alarm Fire In San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Fire crews in San Francisco have controlled a two-alarm wildland fire that broke out Friday evening in Golden Gate Park, fire officials said.

The two-alarm fire was reported at 5:39 p.m. near the Polo Fields between Metson Road and Martin Luther King Drive.

Fire officials announced that there was no threat to structures or residential neighborhoods. At about 6:10 p.m., the main fire was contained as crews worked to put out a second fire that had broken out near the casting ponds.

By 6:30 p.m., the fire was fully contained. It consumed about one acre.

San Francisco fire remained at the scene investigating a possible cause. There were no injuries reported in the fire.

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