NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Sarah Potomak scored two goals and Sydney Scobee earned a 21-save shutout as the No. 1 University of Minnesota women's hockey team secured a 4-0 win over Harvard to close out the Country Classic at the Nashville Predators' Ford Ice Center Bellevue on Saturday afternoon.
Minnesota (14-1-3, 9-1-2-1 WCHA) scored a pair of goals in both the second period and the third period on the way to the team's fifth shutout of the year. Sarah Potomak redirected a shot by Olivia Knowles to put the Gophers up 1-0 at the 14:15 mark of the middle frame before Alex Woken doubled the lead just 1:23 later. Abigail Boreen then extended the lead with her first goal of the season with 9:41 remaining in the third period, and S. Potomak sealed the win with an empty-net goal in the final two minutes.
Harvard (5-3-0, 5-0-0 ECAC Hockey) was led by a 39-save effort from goaltender Lindsay Reed as the Gophers outshot the Crimson 43-21 for the game.
"A nice finish to a really fun four days here with our team, obviously being out in Nashville with our team is an opportunity to come to a different place and enjoy the city and spend some good, quality time with one another and also allow our kids to get out and experience the city a bit and hopefully play some good hockey," head coach Brad Frost said. "I thought we were really good tonight, defended well, were able to apply the pressure to a really hot goaltender, and we're really happy with the win."
With the win, Minnesota improved to 14-5-1 all-time against Harvard in a series that dates back to November 1997. The Gophers have now won the last six meetings between the two teams.
The Gophers wrap up the first half of the regular season with a non-conference meeting with Minnesota State next Saturday, Dec. 7 at Dakotah! Ice Center in Prior Lake, Minn., for this year's U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum Women's Faceoff Classic. Puck drop is set for 3:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students (college students and under), and they are on sale now at Dakotah! Ice Center (cash only). Fans are encouraged to purchase presale tickets.