Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Callum Booth Bounces Back to Lead Sea Dogs into Memorial Cup Semifinal

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Callum Booth Bounces Back to Lead Sea Dogs into Memorial Cup Semifinal

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Sea Dogs advance, Thunderbirds heading home

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WINDSOR, Ont. - The Saint John Sea Dogs' season was on the line and they needed more from Callum Booth after a blow out by the Erie Otters only 24 hours earlier.

Booth delivered.

The 20-year-old goaltender made 31 saves and Joe Veleno had two goals and an assist as Saint John downed the Seattle Thunderbirds 7-0 on Tuesday to advance to the Memorial Cup semifinal.

Only a night earlier Booth gave up five goals on 14 shots and found himself on the bench watching his team drop a 12-5 decision against the Erie Otters. He entered Tuesday's tilt with a 5.46 goals-against average and a .784 save percentage in two tournament starts.

"Yesterday was a really hard game personally," said Booth. "It's definitely not easy, I wasn't up to my standard I hold myself to.

"It's easy to say you just forget about it, but there's always something hanging in your mind. So the fact my defenceman let me see the puck and get a feel for it helped."

Saint John will face the loser of the last round-robin game between the host Windsor Spitfires (2-0) and the Ontario Hockey League champion Otters (2-0). The winner of the all-OHL matchup earns a direct route to the championship game on Sunday.

The Sea Dogs opened the Memorial Cup with a 3-2 loss to Windsor before their drubbing against Erie.

"They're two big challenges and they showed us that," said Booth. "We did struggle, but we showed tonight we can compete."

The season is over for the Western Hockey League champion Thunderbirds after going 0-3 at the tournament. They scored just three goals and gave up 18.

"You're gonna have your ups and downs in life and that's part of it," said Seattle coach Steve Konowalchuk. "Understand what you're feeling, it's not good, but it can make you better."

Chase Stewart, Mathieu Joseph, Spencer Smallman, Cole Reginato and Bokondji Imama supplied the rest of the offence for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion Sea Dogs (1-2). Imama tacked on two assists for a three-point outing.

Seattle's Carl Stankowski gave up four goals on 14 shots before getting yanked for the second straight game of the tournament for Rylan Toth, who made 11 saves in relief. …

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