Army vs. Air Force
FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska - Fort Wainwright's Grizzlies were so evenly matched against the Iceman team from Eielson Air Force Base that each and every shot scored by the U.S. Army Alaska Grizzlies ice hockey team was answered within minutes by the 354th Fighter Wing's Iceman team. The annual, friendly, frenetic, and at times, fierce, match between the Interior Alaska Army and Air Force installations went back-and-forth after the Grizzlies scored in the first three minutes, answered by an Iceman goal several minutes later. The 2011 Commander's Cup Championship hockey game was forced into a shootout when neither team capitalized on a-five-minute overtime, Sunday evening; the score was 3-all. During the shootout, teams alternate sending a single player on the ice to try to slip the biscuit past the goalie. Three was the magic number in the shoot-out as well, but by then, the offensive balance had tipped toward the Army's team, and the Grizzlies' puck shooters slipped three goals past the Iceman goalie, leaving the airmen scoreless in the shootout and guaranteeing another year at home for the commander's cup, proudly maintained by Fort Wainwright. Nearly all players on the Grizzlies were from the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade and the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, according to team captain, Maj. Michael Manner. With impending deployments, the teams had to forego playing the 15th annual commander's cup game in the Fairbanks Big Dipper arena during hockey appreciation week in February.

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