With more Sharks cuts looming, Viel, Raska make a case to stick around

San Jose Sharks coach Bob Boughner has talked at times during training camp about wanting his fourth line to have an identity — something he felt his team lacked last season with so many players coming in and out of the lineup. He’s looking for guys that are not just reliable, but also hard to play against. Maybe Jeffrey Viel and Adam Raska are ready for the challenge. Thursday, Viel got into a fight on the game’s first shift and his goal at the 9:05 mark of the second period proved to be the difference as the Sharks beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 in a preseason game at Honda Center. On the go-ahead goal, Raska chipped the puck into the Ducks’ zone past a defenseman, hustled to recover it before he swept it over to Viel, who redirected it past goalie John Gibson for a 2-1 Sharks lead. Defenseman Ryan Merkley had a first-period goal and an assisted on Kevin Labanc’s goal in the third, and goalie James Reimer finished with 24 saves as the Sharks won their second game of the exhibition season. Viel,…

Stanislaus Firefighter Badly Burned In Caldor Fire Returns Home From Hospital

PATTERSON (CBS13) — Thursday marked a big welcome home for a volunteer firefighter injured while fighting the Caldor Fire. Stanislaus County firefighter Richard Gerety left UC Davis Medical Center in style. He walked out of the hospital’s burn unit and straight into a fire engine for a two-hour trek home to Patterson. Gerety suffered serious burns over roughly 20% of his body after falling into a burned area. “Important day and it’s a good day. We’re getting Richard to come home,” said Fire Chief Jeff Gregory of the West Stanislaus County Fire Protection District. “He’s been here 30 days I think exactly today and it’s time for him to come home and be with his family.” Aside from being a volunteer firefighter, Gerety is also a tractor mechanic. So doctors worked very hard taking care of his hands so he could get back to work.

Fatal Crash Reported in Turlock

TURLOCK – At least one person lost their life in a roll over collision on Highway 99 Thursday night. The crash was dispatched by the California Highway Patrol at about 10:38pm on the southbound lanes of Highway 99 just south of the Monte Vista Avenue onramp. A silver Ford Explorer SUV landed on its roof on the right shoulder next to Pedretti Park. Early reports indicate at least one occupant of the explorer died after being ejected from the vehicle. That person was just inside the fence line near the park. Another was trapped inside the vehicle and had to be removed using rescue tools according to the Turlock Fire Department. Stanislaus County Coroner officials responded to the scene shortly before 12:30am. Several other occupants of the SUV were rushed to hospitals with unspecified injuries. There were a total of six people in the SUV. The cause of the crash was under investigation.