Nicole Stock has re-signed with the Connecticut Whale for $11,500, the NWHL announced Saturday afternoon. Stock, a goaltender out of the Brown University system, found herself playing back-up to former Whale netminder Jaimie Leonoff during the 2015-16 season, narrowly edged out for the No. 1 position.
As a senior at Brown, she posted a career-high seven wins and 1,027 saves over the course of 29 games. She finished her collegiate career with a 2.75 goals-against average and 0.921 save percentage. Stock faced more than 3,000 shots through four years.
“The coaching staff is excited to have Nicole back between the pipes for the Whale,” said Head Coach Heather Linstad. “She has a strong, confident presence and the team feeds off of her calm demeanor.”
In contrast to the Whale’s other netminder, Shenae Lundberg, Stock doesn’t come far out of her cage, preferring to take up space in net and keep her movements small and effective. She is a fierce competitor and can be difficult for the opposing team to shake.
Stock and Lundberg will make an effective duo, with one more adventurous and willing to travel, and the other focused on staying close to the posts and within the paint.
Stock played in six regular season games for the Whale last season, posting a 4-2-0 record. Despite only standing in net for six games she recorded a 0.929 save percentage, the second-highest in the league (just behind Leonoff) and a 2.51 goals-against average.
She played one additional game in the Isobel Cup Playoffs against the Buffalo Beauts. Her performance earned her a $1,500 raise from the 2015-16 season.