Tri-City Americans

Penalties cost Ams in loss at Calgary

CALGARY, Alberta -- The Tri-City Americans limped out of their three-game swing against the Central Division with a 1-2 record after a 3-0 loss to the Calgary Hitmen on Sunday in front of 11,472 fans at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

Calgary, which has won four of its last five games, capitalized on two power-play opportunities to send Tri-City (37-13-0-2, 76 points) to its third loss in four games.

The Americans continue their four-game stretch on the road Saturday at B.C. Division-leader Vancouver (31-19-1-2, 65). Tri-City is 3-0 against the Giants this season.

The Americans, coming off a 7-0 thumping of Edmonton on Friday night, were handcuffed by Martin Jones, who stopped all 35 shots he faced in posting his fourth shutout. It was just the second time the Ams have been shut out this season and first since Oct. 3.

Alex Pechurskiy made 29 saves and lost for the third time in 11 decisions.

After a scoreless first quarter, Calgary (33-16-1-1, 68 points) took a 1-0 lead at the 5:36 mark of the second period on a power-play goal by Ian Schultz.

The lead grew to 2-0 early in the third period on another power-play goal, this time coming off the stick of former American Joel Broda.