Michael McNamee gave the Quebec Remparts a new source of offence on Tuesday night.
Although McNamee had just one point in six previous playoff games, the 19-year-old centre stepped up with a hat trick to lift the Remparts to a 5-3 win over the Halifax Mooseheads and give them a 3-0 lead in the QMJHL best-of-seven quarter-final.
According to Remparts head coach Patrick Roy, McNamee and linemates Logan Shaw and Adam Erne were “low in confidence” entering Tuesday’s game.
“When I met with them (before the game), I told them that confidence is a fragile thing, but at the same time, it can be turned around very fast,” Roy said. “It’s a matter of doing the right things and eventually it’s going to pay off.”
The line of Gabriel Desjardins, Alexandre Comtois and Jeremie Malouin had done most of the heavy lifting for the Remparts through two games in Quebec City, playing a role in five of the team’s eight goals.
“It was nice to see the depth we have,” Roy said.
McNamee, the game’s first star, scored all of his goals on the doorstep of Mooseheads goaltender Zach Fucale’s net, which Roy said was the key to his success.
“It’s no secret in the game anymore,” Roy said. “If you go to the net, you’re going to get some goals. If you stay on the outside, it’s going to be tough.”