Stockton Heat GILLIES, HEAT BLANK BARRACUDA IN NEW YEAR’S EVE WIN

STOCKTON, Calif. – Behind a 29-save shutout from Jon Gillies and a three-goal third period, the Stockton Heat closed out 2019 in style with a 4-0 win over San Jose Tuesday at Stockton Arena. The sixth win of the season over the Barracuda, Stockton got on top early as Glenn Gawdin took a lengthy feed from Rob Hamilton and found the back of the net to break a stalemate just shy of the halfway point of the opening frame. After a scoreless second that saw Stockton kill three penalties, a Buddy Robinson shorthanded goal just 31 seconds into the third opened the floodgates, the first of three tallies for the home side in a span of just 4:43 to seize complete control of the game at 4-0. The Heat finished the night a perfect 7-for-7 on the penalty kill en route to Gillies’ shutout, the first for the Heat since January 17, 2018, also against San Jose. The Heat will return to action this weekend with a pair of divisional games against the Ontario Reign.

GOALIES

W: Jon Gillies (29 shots, 29 saves)

L: Josef Korenar (26 shots, 22 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Jon Gillies (29 svs), Second – Glenn Gawdin (1g,1a), Third – Buddy Robinson (1g)

Shots On Goal: STK – 26, SJ – 29

Power Plays: STK – 0-3, SJ – 0-7

Jon Gillies recorded his eighth-career shutout, Stockton’s first shutout since January 17, 2018, which also came against San Jose. Gillies was also in net that night for the Heat and stopped 32 shots.

Glenn Gawdin’s first-period goal extended his scoring streak to four games (3g,5a), and his two-point night (1g,1a) brought his season total to nine points (2g,7a) in six games against San Jose.

Buddy Robinson’s shorthanded goal 31 seconds into the third extended Stockton’s lead to two. It was his second SHG of the season, his first since opening night on October 4.

Austin Czarnik extended his goal-scoring streak to five games, longest in the AHL, with his third period marker. He has at least a point in six consecutive games played, now at five goals and four assists in that span.

Eetu Tuulola’s marker was his first since November 27 and snapped a seven-game scoreless skid.

– The Heat are now 6-0 on the year against San Jose.

– The win was head coach Cail MacLean’s 50th with the Heat.

UP NEXT

Stockton will host the Ontario Reign in a pair of Pacific Division bouts this weekend at Stockton Arena, Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Announce Reserve/Future Signings

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed the following six players to Reserve/Future contracts, the club announced Monday.

All six signees finished the season on the Raiders practice squad.

Player                                   Pos.       Ht.          Wt.        Exp.       College

Aruna, Ade                         DE           6-5          263         2              Tulane

Brown, Jordan                   DB          6-0          197         R             Iowa

Donnerson, Kendall        DE           6-3          249         1              Southeast Missouri

Kalis, Kyle                            OL           6-4          306         2              Michigan

Magnuson, Erik                 C             6-6          300         3              Michigan 

Ratliff-Williams, Anthony   WR         6-1          205         R             North Carolina

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign G Richie Incognito to Extension

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed G Richie Incognito to a two-year extension, the club announced Monday.

Incognito was originally a third-round selection (81st overall) by the Rams in the 2005 NFL Draft. Over his 12-year career, Incognito has started in all 162 appearances and has been named to the Pro Bowl three times.  

A 6-foot-3, 325-pound guard, Incognito signed with the Silver and Black this past offseason and started in all of his 12 appearances with the club. Incognito helped the offensive unit rank sixth in sacks allowed percentage this season (5.3 percent) after surrendering just one sack of his own in 432 pass-blocking snaps, per Pro Football Focus, while also paving the way for the first 1,000-yard rookie rusher in Raiders history en route to being named a Pro Bowl Alternate.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

NFL WILD CARD AND DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

Commissioner ROGER GOODELL announced tonight the schedule of sites, dates and times for the National Football League Wild Card Playoffs on January 4-5 and Divisional Playoffs on January 11-12.

NFL WILD CARD PLAYOFFS

Saturday, January 4

AFC:    4:35 PM (ET)  Buffalo at Houston (ESPN, with simulcast on ABC)

AFC:    8:15 PM (ET)  Tennessee at New England (CBS)

Sunday, January 5

NFC:    1:05 PM (ET)  Minnesota at New Orleans (FOX)

NFC:    4:40 PM (ET)  Seattle at Philadelphia (NBC)

NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS

Saturday, January 11

NFC:    4:35 PM (ET)  Philadelphia/Seattle/Minnesota at San Francisco (NBC)

AFC:    8:15 PM (ET)  Houston/Buffalo/Tennessee at Baltimore (CBS)

Sunday, January 12

AFC:    3:05 PM (ET)  New England/Houston/Buffalo at Kansas City (CBS)

NFC:    6:40 PM (ET)  New Orleans/Philadelphia/Seattle at Green Bay (FOX)

In the Divisional Playoffs, the division champion with the best record in each conference will host the lowest-seeded Wild Card survivor. Once teams are seeded for the playoffs, positions do not change:

American Football ConferenceNational Football Conference
1.Baltimore (14-2), AFC North champion1.San Francisco (13-3), NFC West champion
2.Kansas City (12-4), AFC West champion2.Green Bay (13-3), NFC North champion
3.New England (12-4), AFC East champion3.New Orleans (13-3), NFC South champion
4.Houston (10-6), AFC South champion4.Philadelphia (9-7), NFC East champion
5.Buffalo (10-6)   5.Seattle (11-5)
6.Tennessee (9-7)  6.Minnesota (10-6)

The AFC (CBS, 3:05 PM ET) and NFC (FOX, 6:40 PM ET) Championship Games will be played on Sunday, January 19.

The 2020 Pro Bowl (ESPN, with simulcast on ABC, 3:00 PM ET) will be played on Sunday, January 26, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida, and Super Bowl LIV will take place on Sunday, February 2 (FOX, 6:30 PM ET), at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

Press Release Courtesy of the NFL Communications Media Relations

TEXAS LEGENDS SNAP STOCKTON KINGS HOME GAME WINNING STREAK WITH 125-115 VICTORY

Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Kings (12-6), the NBA G League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings, fell to the Texas Legends (11-8), the NBA G League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks, by a score of 125-115, ending their home-game winning streak. Texas guard Brandon Fields had a game-high 26 points and 14 assists to give Stockton their first home loss of the season. Stockton was led by returning guards Cody Demps and Gabe Vincent who scored 25 points apiece.

Texas started the game with a 5-0 lead over Stockton. Demps answered with two back-to-back three-pointers. In the first half, Stockton shot 53% (10-of-19) from three-point range with Vincent shooting 4-of-9 from beyond the arch. Texas scored 46 of their 69 first-half points from inside the paint and led Stockton 69-59 at the half. 

Texas’s lead was by as many as 18 points in the third quarter, when they led 83-65 at the eight-minute mark. A three-pointer by Stockton guard Isaiah Canaan brought the score to 123-115 with 53.1 seconds remaining in regulation, but the Stockton Kings could not catch up.

Demps led Stockton with 25 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. Vincent also scored 25 points, shooting 6-of-12 from three-point range, adding six rebounds and two steals. 

Texas saw seven players in double figures with Texas guard Dakota Mathias and center Moses Brown each scoring 22 points. Legends forward Antonius Cleveland added 13 points, 10 rebounds including nine on the defensive end, and three steals.

On Saturday, December 28, the Stockton Kings will celebrate Star Wars Night as they take on the Santa Cruz Warriors at 7 p.m. at the Stockton Arena. Stockton will host a toy drive to benefit the Table Community Foundation, and fans who donate a new unwrapped toy at the arena will receive a free ticket to the game.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Kings Media Relations

Oakland Raiders’ Darren Waller Wins Craig Long Award

ALAMEDA, Calif. – TE Darren Waller was named the recipient of the sixth-annual Craig Long Award, the team announced Friday. 

Chosen by a select group of local media and facilitated by the Oakland Raiders’ media relations department, the Craig Long Award is presented annually to the player who best exemplifies professionalism and collaboration with the media at large.

Waller, who was named an alternate for the Pro Bowl last week, enters the regular-season finale with a team-high 84 receptions for 1,038 yards and three touchdowns. He became the first Raiders tight end since Todd Christensen in 1986 to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards in a season and his reception total ranks third in franchise history among tight ends. He currently ranks third among NFL tight ends in catches and second in receiving yards. Originally a sixth-round draft pick out of Georgia Tech by the Baltimore Ravens in 2015, Waller was signed by the Raiders from the Ravens practice squad prior to Week 13 in 2018. 

Long, who passed away in 2007 at age 36, was a valuable member of the Raiders’ public relations staff from 1997-2004. A native of Iowa, Long fulfilled his childhood dream of working in the front office for his favorite team.

Craig Long Award Winners

2019 – TE Darren Waller

2018 – DE Frostee Rucker

2017 – RB Jalen Richard

2016 – T Donald Penn

2015 – S Charles Woodson 

2014 – DL Antonio Smith

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Stockton Heat QUINE TALLIES SIX POINTS IN OFFENSIVE ONSLAUGHT OVER SAN JOSE

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Alan Quine’s hat trick and six-point outburst highlighted Stockton’s 8-1 thrashing of the San Jose Barracuda in the team’s first game back from the holiday break Friday afternoon at the SAP Center. The forward was one of seven Heat skaters to register a multi-point game, including Glenn Gawdin’s career-best four-point (1g,3a) performance and Zac Leslie’s four-assist effort, among others. The Heat led 1-0 after a tight first period, but a five-goal onslaught in the second allowed Stockton to seize complete control heading into the final frame.

A total of six Stockton players lit the lamp in the contest, including Quine, Matthew Phillips, Gawdin, Austin Czarnik, Corey Schueneman and Buddy Robinson. With the win, the Heat are now 5-0 on the year against San Jose and have matched the most victories over the Barracuda for a season in team history. The Heat will look to push their point streak to eight games as they close out the current three-game road sprint Saturday evening at Bakersfield.

GOALIES

W: Jon Gillies (26 shots, 25 saves)

L: Josef Korenar (12 shots, 8 saves)

ND: Andrew Shortridge (7 shots, 3 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Alan Quine (3g,3a), Second – Glenn Gawdin (1g,3a), Third – Zac Leslie (4a)

Shots On Goal: STK – 19, SJ – 26

Power Plays: STK – 0-0, SJ – 1-3

Alan Quine recorded his fourth hat trick since the start of the 2018-19 season and first of the campaign as he doubled his season goal total Friday with three in the game. It was Stockton’s second hat trick of the season, and first since Oliver Kylington netted three at Tucson on November 9. Quine’s six-point night was the first by a player in the AHL this season.

– The Heat notched eight even-strength goals in the game, the most in team history.

– Stockton’s five-goal second period matched its best offensive output in a frame this season, tying the first period of November 27’s 8-5 win over Ontario. 

– Seven Heat players recorded multi-point efforts in the game.

Glenn Gawdin notched a career-best four points (1g,3a).

Zac Leslie’s four assists were the most by a Heat player this season.

Austin Czarnik has a four-game point streak, totaling seven points (3g,4a) in that time.

– The Heat are now 5-0 on the year against San Jose and have matched their most-ever wins in a season against the Barracuda.

Corey Schueneman’s goal was his first of the season and second of his career.

UP NEXT

The Heat will close out their three-game road sprint at Bakersfield Saturday before returning home for a New Year’s Eve contest.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relatons

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 17

PLAYOFF PUSH: All 16 games are division contests in Week 17 and there are still 15 teams in contention for a trip to Super Bowl LIV.

In 15 of the past 16 years, at least two teams have won their division the season after missing the playoffs. With a win over Minnesota on Monday Night Football in Week 16, the GREEN BAY PACKERS (12-3) clinched the NFC North

If the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (12-3) defeat the SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (11-4) on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC), the 49ers would clinch the NFC West, marking the 16th time in the last 17 seasons at least two teams have won their division the season after missing the playoffs.

For the full Week 17 playoff scenarios, click here.

In the AFC, five teams have already punched their tickets to the postseason, including all four division winners: the BALTIMORE RAVENS (13-2, AFC North and homefield advantage), HOUSTON TEXANS(10-5, AFC South), KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (11-4, AFC West), NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (12-3, AFC East) and BUFFALO BILLS (10-5, playoff berth). 

Five teams have also locked up playoff berths in the NFC: the GREEN BAY PACKERS (12-3, NFC North), NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (12-3, NFC South), MINNESOTA VIKINGS (10-5, playoff berth), SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (12-3, playoff berth) and SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (11-4, playoff berth).

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WILSON WINNER: Seattle’s RUSSELL WILSON has led the Seahawks to the postseason for the seventh time in eight seasons as the team’s starting quarterback and is the first quarterback to lead his team to a winning record in each of his first eight seasons in NFL history.

With a win over San Francisco on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC), Seattle will capture the NFC West division title and Wilson will earn his 87th regular-season win, surpassing TOM BRADY (86 wins) for the most regular-season wins by a quarterback through his first eight seasons in NFL history.

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SAINTS GO MARCHING INTO RECORD BOOKS: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES passed for 279 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions in a Week 16 victory, as the Saints earned at least 12 wins in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.  

With another performance of at least three touchdown passes and zero interceptions on Sunday at Carolina (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Brees will become the fourth player with at least three touchdown passes and zero interceptions in at least four consecutive games in a single season in NFL history. 

The players with the most consecutive games with at least three touchdown passes and zero interceptions in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONGAMES 
Russell WilsonSeattle20155 
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay20144 
Tom BradyNew England20074 
     
Drew BreesNew Orleans20193* 
*Active streak 

​​Brees also leads the league with a 75.3 completion percentage in 2019 (among qualified passers) and is on pace to break his own single-season completion percentage record for the second-consecutive season. The 19-year veteran entered 2019 with four of the top five single-season completion percentages in league annals. Oakland quarterback DEREK CARR (71.1 percent) and Tennessee quarterback RYAN TANNEHILL (70.7) also each own completion percentages over of at least 70 percent entering Week 17.​

The players with the highest single-season completion percentages in NFL history among qualified passers:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONCOMP. PERCENTAGE
Drew BreesNew Orleans201975.3*
Drew BreesNew Orleans201874.4
Drew BreesNew Orleans201772.0
Sam BradfordMinnesota201671.6
Drew BreesNew Orleans201171.2
Derek CarrOakland201971.1*
Ryan TannehillTennessee201970.7*
*Entering Week 17   

New Orleans wide receiver MICHAEL THOMAS leads the NFL with 145 receptions in 2019 and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (143 in 2002) for the most receptions in a single season in NFL history. Both Thomas and Houston wide receiver DEANDRE HOPKINS have recorded at least five receptions in all 15 games this season. 

If Thomas has at least five receptions at Carolina and Hopkins has at least five receptions on Sunday against Tennessee (4:25 PM ET, CBS), they would become the fifth and sixth different receivers with at least five receptions in all 16 games of a regular season since 1978, when the 16-game schedule was implemented.

The players with at least five receptions in all 16 games of a regular season since 1978:

PLAYERTEAMSEASON
Jarvis LandryMiami2017
Antonio BrownPittsburgh2014
Antonio BrownPittsburgh2013
Pierre GarconWashington2013
Jimmy SmithJacksonville2001
   
DeAndre HopkinsHouston2019*
Michael ThomasNew Orleans2019*
*In 15 games  

Additionally, with at least 12 receptions on Sunday, Thomas would become the first player with at least 12 receptions in three consecutive games in NFL history. 

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DUAL-THREAT BACKS: Carolina running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY registered 173 scrimmage yards (119 receiving, 54 rushing) last week, his ninth game with at least 150 scrimmage yards this season.  

With at least 150 scrimmage yards on Sunday against New Orleans (1:00 PM ET, FOX), McCaffrey, who leads the league with 2,294 scrimmage yards in 2019, would tie CHRIS JOHNSON (10 games in 2009) for the most games with at least 150 scrimmage yards in a single season in NFL history. 

The players with the most games with at least 150 scrimmage yards in a season in NFL history:​

PLAYERTEAMSEASONGAMES
Chris JohnsonTennessee200910
Marshall FaulkHOFSt. Louis Rams20019
Marshall FaulkHOFSt. Louis Rams19999
Christian McCaffreyCarolina20199*
*Through 15 games 

With at least 216 scrimmage yards on Sunday, McCaffrey would surpass Johnson (2,509 scrimmage yards in 2009) for the most scrimmage yards in a single season in league annals.

Additionally, McCaffrey ranks second among all running backs this season with 933 receiving yards, trailing only the Los Angeles Chargers’ AUSTIN EKELER (950). If McCaffrey has at least 67 receiving yards against New Orleans and Ekeler has at least 50 receiving yards at Kansas City (1:00 PM ET, CBS), they would become the fourth and fifth running backs with at least 1,000 receiving yards in a single season since 1970. 

The running backs with at least 1,000 receiving yards in a season since 1970:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONRECEIVING YARDS
Marshall FaulkHOFSt. Louis Rams19991,048
Lionel JamesSan Diego19851,027
Roger CraigSan Francisco19851,016
    
Austin EkelerLos Angeles Chargers2019950*
Christian McCaffreyCarolina2019933*
*Through 15 games 

McCaffrey, who ranks second in the NFL with a career-high 1,361 rushing yards this season, can join ROGER CRAIG (1985) and Pro Football Hall of Famer MARSHALL FAULK (1999) as the only players with at least 1,000 rushing and 1,000 receiving yards in a single season in NFL history.

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HISTORY DOWN SOUTHIn his 125th career game, Atlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES, who has 12,047 career receiving yards, had 10 catches for 166 yards in the Falcons’ Week 16 victory and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (142 games) as the fastest player to reach 12,000 career receiving yards in NFL history. 

Jones, who ranks third in the league with 1,316 receiving yards in 2019, needs at least 84 receiving yards on Sunday at Tampa Bay (1:00 PM ET, FOX), to tie Rice (six seasons) for the most seasons with at least 1,400 receiving yards in NFL history. 

Tampa Bay quarterback JAMEIS WINSTON leads the league with a career-high 4,908 passing yards entering the season’s final week and has thrown for at least 375 yards in five different games in 2019.

With at least 375 passing yards on Sunday against Atlanta, Winston would tie PEYTON MANNING (six games in 2013) for the most games with at least 375 passing yards in a single season in NFL history.  

The players with the most games with at least 375 passing yards in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONGAMES WITH 375+ PASSING YARDS 
Peyton ManningDenver20136 
Drew BreesNew Orleans20135 
Jameis WinstonTampa Bay20195* 
*Through 15 games 

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REMARKABLE ROOKIE RECEIVERSTennessee’s A.J. BROWN (927 receiving yards) and Washington’s TERRY MCLAURIN (919) lead all rookies in receiving yards this season and each have a chance to reach 1,000 receiving yards in their first NFL seasons. 

If Brown has at least 73 receiving yards at Houston (4:25 PM ET, CBS) and McLaurin has at least 81 receiving yards at Dallas (4:25 ET, FOX), the 2019 season would join 2014 and 1986 as the only seasons featuring multiple rookies with at least 1,000 receiving yards in NFL history. 

The seasons featuring multiple rookies with at least 1,000 receiving yards in NFL history:

SEASONROOKIESTEAMRECEIVING YARDS
2014Odell Beckham Jr.New York Giants1,305
 Mike EvansTampa Bay1,051
 Kelvin BenjaminCarolina1,008
    
1986Bill BrooksIndianapolis1,131
 Ernest GivinsHouston Oilers1,062
    
2019A.J. BrownTennessee927*
 Terry McLaurinWashington919*
*Entering Week 17 

Press Release Courtesy of the NFL Communications Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Claim DE Jeremiah Valoaga

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have claimed DE Jeremiah Valoaga via waivers from the San Francisco 49ers, the club announced Tuesday.

Originally a 2017 undrafted free agent, the 6-foot-6, 275-pound defensive end signed with the Detroit Lions as a rookie out of UNLV. Over his first three seasons, Valoaga has appeared in 13 contests between the Lions and 49ers, while also spending the 2018 campaign on the Miami Dolphins’ practice squad. His career totals include seven tackles, one sack and one pass defensed. 

A native of Oxnard, Calif., Valoaga totaled 87 tackles, 8.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and seven pass defenses during his time (2012-16) with the Rebels.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have placed CB Nick Nelson on the Reserve/Injured List, who was promoted to the active roster ahead of Week 15 and appeared in each of the last two contests on the special teams unit.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Sacramento KINGS RECALL WENYEN GABRIEL AND CALEB SWANIGAN FROM STOCKTON KINGS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —- The Sacramento Kings today announced the team has recalled forwards Wenyen Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan from the team’s NBA G League affiliate, the Stockton Kings.   

During the 2019 MGM Resorts NBA G League Winter Showcase in Las Vegas from Dec. 19-22, Gabriel recorded totals of 36 points on 13-of-24 shooting, 3-of-9 from three and 5-of-5 at the free throw line, to go along with 23 rebounds and five blocked shots in two victories for the Stockton Kings.

In Las Vegas, Swanigan totaled 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting and 2-of-3 from the free throw line in a 127-120 victory vs. Delaware Blue Coats on Dec. 19 while adding 13 rebounds.

Press Release Courtesy of the Stockton Kings Media Relations