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ICE Fall to Grizzlies 36-50

May 9, 2009 - Indoor Football League (IFL) - Colorado Crush News Release

FORT COLLINS, CO - The Colorado ICE (3-4) were handed a shocking defeat this Saturday, May 9th, to the Fairbanks Grizzlies (4-3), moving the Grizzlies into second place in the Pacific division.

The ICE had a tough time both offensively and defensively, never gaining the lead the entire game. The game saw penalty flags fly almost every other play, giving each team 70 yards in penalties. Fairbanks began the scoring at the 13:43 mark with a 20-yard run by RB Denny Kimmell. ICE RB Eugene Reed answered with a 19-yard touchdown run at the 10:26 mark, tying the score 7-7. Fairbanks came back with an 11-yard touchdown run at the 7:21 mark and a 23-yard touchdown pass from QB Justin Rummel to WR Keith Smith. ICE RB Ryan Drinkwater ended the first quarter by catching a 40-yard touchdown pass from QB Justin Holland, making the score 20-13 Grizzlies.

Fairbanks Kimmell began the scoring again in the second quarter with a 2-yard touchdown run at the 13:18 mark. ICE K Rocky Stevens made a 46-yard field goal at the 8:33 mark, making the score 27-16 Grizzlies. Fairbanks Rummel threw a 38-yard pass to WR Lonnie Sanders at the 6:40 mark, increasing the score to 34-16. At 3:25, Drinkwater ran 10-yards for a touchdown. ICE Drinkwater ended the scoring in the first half with a 10-yard touchdown run, closing the scoring gap to 34-23 Grizzlies.

Third quarter only saw one score: a 27-yard field goal by Grizzlies Stuvek at the 8:36 mark. ICE QB Holland struggled towards the end, throwing several interceptions, in which the Grizzlies used to add to their score, while Fairbanks gave the ICE zero turnovers. Fairbanks QB Rummel initiated the scoring in the fourth quarter with a one yard touchdown run at the 13:44 mark. ICE Reed made the score 43-30 Grizzlies at the 10:54 mark with a 30-yard touchdown run. Despite the fact that Reed was mowing over the Fairbanks with 85 yards rushing, averaging 10.6 yards a carry, Fairbanks kept the scoring to their advantage. Fairbanks Kimmell ran it in 12-yards for a touchdown at the 3:12 mark. ICE DB Gerald Biggers concluded the scoring at the 1:53 mark with a three yard touchdown pass from Holland, making the score 50-36. It was too little, too late, as the Grizzlies handed the ICE a solid defeat.

The ICE begin their three-game road series by traveling to Sioux City this Saturday, May 16th to face the Bandits.

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 ( 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:

Sat. May 16 at Sioux City

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

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