By Mike White | Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 10:30 p.m.
Two hockey players from Western Pennsylvania have helped the USA national team to the championship game of the World Under-18 Hockey Championships in Belarus.
The USA team defeated Finland, 5-0, in the semifinals today and will play in Friday's championship game against either Sweden or Russia. The two players from Western Pennsylvania are Brandon Saad of Gibsonia and Stephen Johns of Wampum (near Ellwood City). Saad has three goals and three assists in six games. Johns is an alternate captain and has three assists.
Johns, 6 feet 3, 215 pounds, is pictured to the left. He is eligible for the 2010 NHL draft in June and is rated by some scouts as a potential first-round NHL pick. Saad will not be eligible for the draft until next year.Both Saad and Johns played this season in Ann Arbor, Mich., with the U.S. National Team Development Program.
Daymond Cowlah, a basketball player at Kiski School, signed with the University of California at Riverside, an NCAA Division I college. Cal-Riverside is a member of the Big West Conference.
Cowlah averaged 20.6 points, 10.2 assists and 5.4 steals a game this past season.