University of Maine sophomore hockey goalie Rob McGovern has had an up-and-down season.

He has limited teams to two goals or less eight times but has allowed four or more goals on five occasions and allowed three goals in 25:58 in another before being pulled in favor of senior Matt Morris.

He has surrendered three goals in four other starts.

McGovern was at his best during UMaine’s 4-0 win over Connecticut on Saturday at Fenway Park in Boston as he made 31 saves, including two off breakaways, in posting his first career shutout.

He will hope to build on that performance against one of the nation’s best teams when the Black Bears play a home-and-home series with a young but talented Boston University team that is ranked No. 3 in one national poll and No. 4 in the other and is in the midst of a six-game winning streak.

The two teams play on Friday night at Agganis Arena in Boston before venturing to Alfond Arena in Orono for Saturday’s contest. Both start at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday night’s game is already “very close to being a sellout” according to UMaine assistant athletic director for media relations Tyson McHatten.

“This will definitely be a good challenge for us. I’m excited for it,” said McGovern. “They have a lot of skilled guys. You can expect the unexpected from them. They’ll throw the puck on net from anywhere and crash the net.”

McGovern said the shutout gave him confidence to take into the series but, at the same time, he said, “Every day is a new day. That game is behind us. We have to prove ourselves [this weekend]. There are no easy games in Hockey East.”

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound McGovern, a native of Weymouth, Massachusetts, said he has worked hard with first-year goalie coach Alfie Michaud on his game and Michaud has been great.

McGovern has focused on his skating because he said if you can improve your skating, you can “do a lot more.” He also has worked on his positioning.

“I’m in a good place right now,” said McGovern, who enters the series with a 7-7-3, a 2.80 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage.