Vernon Viper Colton Sparrow slides between Diego Cuglietta (left) and John Saunders of the Merritt Centennials Saturday night at Webild Centre.

Vernon Viper Colton Sparrow slides between Diego Cuglietta (left) and John Saunders of the Merritt Centennials Saturday night at Webild Centre.

Vernon Vipers end season with OT win over Merritt

Brendan Persley collects OT winner as Vernon Vipers stop Merritt Centennials 3-2 to end BCHL regular season Saturday night.

The Vernon Vipers wanted to go out in style and they did exactly that Saturday night at Wesbild Centre.

Brendan Persley netted the double-overtime winner to give the Snakes a 3-2 win over the Merritt Centennials in their final B.C. Hockey League regular season game. It was their fourth straight win.

Mitch McAllister, with his fourth goal in three games, and Andrew Tegeler scored for Vernon in regulation in front of 1,800 fans. John Saunders and Jeff Wight answered for the Centennials, who will face the West Kelowna Warriors in Round 1 of the Fred Page Cup playoffs.

Luke Pierce’s Cents needed the win to have a chance at home-ice advantage against West Kelowna, who brushed back the Cowichan Valley Capitals 4-3 in OT Saturday night.

Danny Todosychuk made 30 saves for his eighth win of the season. Tyler Steel had 27 stops for Merritt.

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