COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Columbus Cottonmouths are leaving the ice Thursday night, done for the season and perhaps forever.
The Cottonmouths lost to the Macon Mayhem by a score of 3-6 in game three of the SPHL playoffs at the Columbus Civic Center.
This also could be the last game for the Cottonmouths since the owners, Wanda and Shelby Amos, still, hasn't found a buyer for the team.
Fans say it is bittersweet knowing that Thursday night's game could be the final game ever.
One fan says he has been along with this team throughout their entire journey
"Unless somebody buys it, it's going to leave. Here we are in the final game of the first championship with a chance to win it, where are the people? Does Columbus now not care about their hockey? I hope that they do," said Sid Kaminsky, a Columbus Cottonmouths fan.
Cottonmouths coach Jerome Bechard says there are some potential buyers, and is hopeful for the future.
"I feel confident that something positive will come about. The crux of the whole problem is time is running short," says Coach Bechard.
The Civic Center's director who shared his words on having the team call the site their home.
"They are a superpartner with the Columbus Civic Center and it would be very sad to see them go, we're very hopeful that some new ownership will come into play and that we will be able to play hockey next season," said Jon Dorman, Director of the Columbus Civic Center.
The deadline to find a new owner for the team is May 1.