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Loren Gabel and Corinne Schroeder lead the way as the first-place Pride cruise past the Whale

Loren Gabel glides by the Pride bench for high-fives after opening the scoring in the first period.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Loren Gabel started the scoring in the game’s opening minutes and added a second tally in the second period, Corinne Schroeder made 48 saves, and the Premier Hockey Federation-leading Boston Pride cruised to a 5-2 victory Sunday over the Connecticut Whale at Warrior Arena.

Gabel scored at 3:20 of the opening period and at 4:25 of the middle session, then added assists on goals by Jillian Dempsey and Elizabeth Giguere. Taylor House had the other goal for the Pride, who won for the seventh time in eight games.

Schroeder made 19 saves in the second period alone.

Alyssa Wohlfeiler and Caitrin Lonergan had the goals for the Whale (8-7-2).


The Pride improved to 14-2-1 (40 points) atop the PHF standings and with 40 points are four clear of the second-place Toronto Six. Next up for the Pride are back-to-back home games Feb. 18-19 against the Montreal Force.