Michael McNicholas of the Vernon Vipers steps over falling Merritt Centennial player Payton Schaefer Saturday night at Kal Tire Place.

Michael McNicholas of the Vernon Vipers steps over falling Merritt Centennial player Payton Schaefer Saturday night at Kal Tire Place.

Kero collects shutout as Cents bury Vipers

Merritt Centennials grind out 1-0 win over Vernon Vipers in BCHL action Saturday night at Kal Tire Place.

Devin Kero recorded 35 saves for the shutout as the Merritt Centennials grounded the Vernon Vipers 1-0 in B.C. Hockey League action Saturday night at Kal Tire Place.

After weathering a strong opening period by the Vipers, the Cents got all the offence they would need as Gavin Gould cashed in the rebound off a point shot by Lumby’s Dylan Bowen in a second-period powerplay.

Vernon went 0-for-3 on the man advantage. This is the third time this season the Vipers have been shut out.

The 9-6-1-3 Vipers are third in the Interior Division, one point ahead of the 10-8-1 Centennials. However, just four points separate the first through fifth seeds.

Vernon continues a five-game home stand against the Salmon Arm SilverBacks (9-6-1-1) Friday at Kal Tire Place.

Check out Wednesday sports in The Morning Star for a full recap of Saturday’s action.