The Seibu Prince Rabbits are not only facing Elimination from the Asia Hockey League Championships, but possibly oblivion as well.
Heading into Kushiro with a series tied at 1 game apiece, the Rabbits lost games 3 and 4 to the Nippon Paper Cranes, who can wrap up the Championship in Game 5 to be played friday night at home. The Rabbits offense has sputtered, scoring only 5 goals in the last three games, and have been outscored 13 - 7 so far this series.
The fate of the Prince Rabbits following this season has yet to be determined. Seibu Hotel Group, which operates the team, announced earlier this year that they will not be funding the team for the 2009 - 2010 Asia Hockey League Season.
Game 5 will be played Friday March 20th.