ROCHESTER – By scoring his first two goals for the Americans, rookie Filip Cederqvist showed why he’s become one of the Buffalo Sabres’ most intriguing prospects.
Early in the second period of Friday’s 6-5 overtime loss, Cederqvist, 22, caught Isak Rosen’s pass near the net on the power play and quickly stuffed the puck past Cleveland Monsters goaltender Daniil Tarasov.
The 6-foot-3, 196-pound Cederqvist scored another power play goal midway through the period, fending off Linus Weissbach’s pass in front of the net and beating Tarasov.
The Swedish winger’s size and soft hands helped the Amerks build a two-goal lead. Late in the third period, however, his immaturity allowed Cleveland to tie the game.
With the Amerks leading 5-4, Cederqvist was awarded a penalty and Kirill Marchenko scored a six-on-four power-play goal with 64 seconds left.
Amerks coach Seth Appert called Cederqvist’s penalty “inexcusable”.
“It’s a shame, he had a spectacular night,” he told Blue Cross Arena. “He was playing good hockey, his best game in the American League. We are a young team, he took a really immature penalty and cost his team the win.
Cederqvist took responsibility for the penalty.
“It’s my fault,” he said after his three-pointer night.
Appert’s confident Cederqvist, a 2019 fifth-round pick, 143rd overall, will learn from his mistake.
“He won’t do it again,” he said. “He won puck battles, he played around the blue paint, he did what he has to do with his skills to be a successful player in the American Hockey League and then try to grow from the.
“So we love what he’s doing, we love where he’s going. It’s a shame the end chilled what was a great night for him.