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Costly Mistakes Hurt ICE for Third Loss in a Row

May 16, 2009 - Indoor Football League (IFL) - Colorado Crush News Release

FORT COLLINS, CO - The Colorado ICE (3-5) drop their third straight game in a row, losing to the Sioux City Bandits (2-6) 64-34, only the second win of the year for the Bandits. The ICE made a number of costly mistakes that the Sioux City bandits capitalized on, including converting three of the four ICE turnovers into Bandits touchdowns during the first half of the game.

The first quarter saw back-to-back scoring by the two teams. Scoring opened in the ICE's favor, with a 29 yard field goal at the 11:38 mark. The Bandits answered with an eight yard touchdown run by QB Scott Jensen at the 7:29 mark, putting the Bandits in the lead at 7-3. But the ICE would answer with LB Ryan Palmer's 1 yard touchdown run, his second of the year, at the 4:57 mark making the score 10-7 ICE. But the ICE's lead would be short-lived, with Bandits kicker Andrew Kroell completing a 28 yard field goal in the final seconds of the quarter, making the score 10-10 heading into the second.

The second quarter saw a slew of Bandits scoring, the ICE being held to a lone 46 yard field goal by kicker Rocky Stevens at the 12:30 mark. Bandits WR Damon Mothershead left his mark on the ICE defense, catching a 3 yard TD pass from Bandits QB Jensen at the 8:55 mark (making the score 17-13 Bandits), and a subsequent 4 yard pass from Jensen at the 7:34 mark (making the score 23-13 Bandits). The Bandits continued to run up their lead with two touchdowns and a field goal in the closing seconds of the half. Bandits WR Tommy Hofer nabbed a one yard TD run at the 2:03 mark, followed by RB Kenny Wilson's 1 yard run at the 0:44. Bandits kicker Andre Kroell completed his 25 yard field goal at the 0:05 mark, making the score 40-13 Bandits at the half.

Again the Bandits came out strong with WR Damon Mothershead's third touchdown of the night, a 24 yard pass from QB Scott Jensen, at the 13:16 mark in the third to make the score 47-13 Bandits. Up until the 10:52 mark of the third quarter the ICE's offense had been primarily kicker Rocky Stevens. It was not until ICE RB Ryan Drinkwater got a 3 yard TD run at the 10:52 mark that the ICE got their second touchdown of the night (the first coming at the 4:47 mark in the first) making the score 47-20 Bandits. But again the Bandits would answer with a 55 yard touchdown from DB Eric Wilson on a missed field goal attempt return, running up the score to54-20 Bandits. The Bandits were penalized with an "excessive celebration" penalty after the play, but the lack of ICE offense continued to give the Bandits fans something to cheer about. ICE WR Josh Gibson would close the scoring in the third with a 10 yard TD pass from QB Holland at the 3:49 mark, making the score 54-27 Bandits heading into the fourth.

The fourth quarter opened with more of the same, with a 10 yard TD run by Bandits QB Scott Jensen at the 14:02 mark making the score 61-27 Bandits. ICE WR Justin Gallas then secured a 1 yard touchdown pass from Holland at the 8:49 mark making the score 61-34 Bandits, but it would prove to be too little, too late. Attempting to shake the ICE offense up, starting QB Justin Holland was replaced by #16 Miles Scheer around the six minute mark of the fourth, but no offensive success would come of it. The game ended with the final score of 64-34 Bandits. The ICE's next game comes on the road against the Omaha Beef on May 22nd.

The Colorado ICE are members of the Indoor Football League (IFL). All home games are played at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado. All ICE games are broadcast live on the Internet on the B2 Network (B2TV.com) and on the radio at Northern Colorado's ESPN affiliate KJUMP AM 870. Single, group, and season tickets for the 2009 season are available at the Colorado ICE headquarters by calling (970) 472-0128. Season ticket packages start at just $120 per seat and include all parking, ticketing, and facility fees.

2009 ICE Remaining Schedule:

Fri. May 22 at Omaha

Sat. May 30 at Odessa

Sat. June 6 vs. Alaska Wild

Sat. June 13 vs. El Paso Generals

Sat. June 20 at Billings

Sat. June 27 at El Paso

All home games start at 7 p.m. (local MTN time). Additional information on the Colorado ICE can be found at TheColoradoIce.com.

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