Liam Board of the Vipers fights it out against Sam Mellor of the Penticton Vees Friday night at Wesbild Centre.

Liam Board of the Vipers fights it out against Sam Mellor of the Penticton Vees Friday night at Wesbild Centre.

Vernon Vipers ground Penticton Vees

Colton Sparrow nets winner as Vernon Vipers outlast Penticton Vees 3-2 in BCHL action Friday night at Wesbild Centre.

One team was fighting for first overall in the B.C. Hockey League. The other was playing for plain ol’ pride.

The latter squad persevered as the Vernon Vipers outlasted the Penticton Vees for a thrilling 3-2 win Friday night at Wesbild Centre.

Colton Sparrow netted the winner with 27 seconds to go in regulation, converting a gorgeous 2-on-1 saucer feed from Brendan Persley in front of 2,000 fans.

Rookie forward Mitch McAllister continued his hot streak, drawing an assist on the winner and recording Vernon’s other two snipes in the first period. He has five points and first-star recognition in his last two games.

Brad McClure and John Siemer handled the Vees’ attack in front of Chad Katunar, who finished with 25 saves.

Vernon netminder Austin Smith was stellar for the second straight game, finishing with 34 stops. The Calgary product was exceptionally sting in the second period as the Vees cranked up their offence.

The up-tempo game featured just one penalty, a high sticking minor to Vernon d-man Ryan Renz.

For a full recap of tonight’s game, check out Sunday sports in the Morning Star.