Cam makes all-star impact

SCOTT ZERR -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:50 PM ET

Cam Bergman has discovered a knack for scoring big goals.

First, the Edmonton Rush defender notched the goal with less than a second to go against Calgary that gave the Rush their first win in franchise history two weeks ago. Yesterday, playing in his first NLL all-star game, Bergman put home an equalizer on a breakaway, a goal that ultimately helped the West come back to beat the East 14-13 in Toronto.

"It was unbelievable. I had such a great time," said Bergman, who was called upon to play after Rush captain Andrew Turner withdrew due to a groin injury.

The 23-year-old from Coquitlam, B.C., had hit the post on an earlier scoring chance but didn't make a mistake on the breakaway after getting a piece of advice from West goaltender Anthony Cosmo of the San Jose Stealth.

"I had gone top left on my second opportunity and Cosmo told me to go bottom right the next time.

"It was some good inside information," explained Bergman. "I saw that Dallas Eliuk had made the save and I just decided to make a breakout. I ran under (the long pass) and popped it in."

Bergman was on hand Friday for the NLL's Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, as well as the skills competition during halftime of the Toronto-Philadelphia game.

"It was such a great group of guys to be around. There was so much talent, it was just an honour to be there,"said Bergman. "I wouldn't consider myself a veteran and we have standout leaders on our team so I don't think I'll be changing my role, but I was glad to get the experience," noted Bergman.

Rush head coach Paul Day figured rubbing shoulders with the NLL's elite will bring long-term benefit to Bergman.

"He's pretty new to the league and just being around those guys for two days is going to pay dividends," said Rush head coach Paul Day.

"I thought he played very well and was aggressive. He was one of the only guys on the floor that truly played good defence."


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