Netminder Shenae Lundberg has signed a contract with the Connecticut Whale for the 2016-17 season, General Manager Lisa Giovanelli announced Friday. Lundberg and the Whale agreed to terms on a one-year, $15,000 contract, taking up one of its two salary positions for goaltenders.
“Last year’s team was able to create a great team atmosphere, which I was blessed to become a part of,” said Lundberg. “I think that the girls returning, along with myself, will be able to continue that tradition and show the newbies how to be a part of a great organization.”
“That, along with the new talent that will be coming on board, will allow us to do even better in the season and go even further in the playoffs,” she continued. “Fins up!”
Lundberg was traded to the Whale last season from the New York Riveters, with whom she played one regular-season game and posted a .875 save percentage. She played two games with Connecticut and averaged a .902 save percentage and 2.67 GAA over the entire season. Lundberg also played half a preseason game for the Riveters, where she was a standout presence in New York’s net.
The netminder out of Union College did not play up to expectations in her inaugural season, largely because Lundberg did not play much in her inaugural season. She was iced in exactly one-fifth of a team’s games last season, much of which was due to a high ankle sprain that lingered, keeping her out of the lineup longer than expected. By the time she was on her way back, Lundberg was traded to Connecticut, which had incredible depth at the goalie position.
Her trade quickly turned into a positive; the Whale’s head coach quit unexpectedly and with a new coach who knew none of the players at the helm, Lundberg was given two starts and proved herself to be a valuable asset for Connecticut.