Loren Gabel couldn’t have asked for a better first season in the Premier Hockey Federation, so far.
The Boston forward and league newcomer wrapped up the 2022-23 campaign atop the scoring charts with 40 points including 20 goals and 20 assists in 22 games which tied teammate Jillian Dempsey’s single season record and produced just the second offensive triple crown in league history.
Her efforts also helped secure the team’s fourth regular season title in eight years and brings the Pride one step closer to a third-straight Isobel Cup title.
“It was really great for us to be regular season champions, but we haven’t won anything yet and our eyes are focused on the playoffs and taking it game by game and bringing the Isobel Cup back to Boston,” Gabel said after Sunday’s season finale in Toronto. “It’s definitely special winning the scoring title but I couldn’t have had the season I’ve had without my linemates and teammates, coaching staff and support staff. The people I get to play with are great players and their support day in and day out has been amazing. I thank them for all of the help that they’ve given me this year and pushing me to be my best both on and off the ice.”
Gabel’s record-tying 40th point on Sunday was an assist on Olivia Zafuto’s goal to extend her point-streak to 11-straight games, but it was her 20th goal of the season scored on Saturday that was a real difference maker in the team’s 3-2 comeback win over T6 to clinch first place.
“Scoring on the breakaway was to tie the game 2-2, and we really needed that,” she said. “Everything went up from there and was super positive on the bench. There was a lot of stuff going through my head when I was on that breakaway, like if I should deke or shoot, but I saw five-hole and chose to take that shot and it went in the back of the net. Any chance I get to shoot the puck I shoot to score and that’s the mindset that I’ve had since I graduated Clarkson. It helped me there and it’s continuing to help me here.”
The weekend was special for the Kitchener, Ontario native playing in front of close to 40 family and friends in her home province, while the highly anticipated series between the playoff-bound teams showcased the competitiveness and intensity to be expected down the stretch.
“It’s great to have family and friends there,” Gabel said. “This weekend got us even more ready for playoffs because Toronto is a really great team and every team from here on…
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