NORTH ANDOVER — After changing arenas to host the Super 8 Division 1A hockey tournament, the MIAA boasted of the attendance in the tournament's first round at Merrimack College's Lawler Arena.
Now, the MIAA has to possibly find a new site for two games slated for Sunday, says MIAA president Bill Gaines.
"What I can tell you is this, there will be a game at 11:45 (a.m.) and 1:45 (p.m.) here," said Gaines. "But the other two games, we've yet to determine."
Merrimack College's men's hockey team is in the Hockey East quarterfinals and could possibly host a 5 p.m. game Sunday, pushing the high schoolers out of college's arena.
Gaines said the MIAA will know by Thursday which two games will be played at Merrimack College. One tournament official said the other two games, if it comes to that, would likely be played at the Chelmsford Forum.
Lawler Arena is smaller than Tsongas Arena, seating a little more than 1,000 spectators, but has fit well, according to the MIAA.
"We were very pleased,'' tournament director Jim O'Connor told the Globe after the first round. He added the attendance was up from last year's opening day in Lowell.
"The games were all very exciting.''
About 100 to 150 fans were turned away during the first round's nightcap game between Malden Catholic and Central Catholic.
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