The NAHL announced today that Texas Tornado forward Drew Mayer, was named the Combat Hockey South Division Star of the Week. The 19 year old Troy Michigan native was being looked at to provide grit and leadership coming into this season. Mayer put up 9 points (3G-6A) and 24 PIMs in 10 games after coming over to the Tornado late last season. He chipped in another 5 points (2G-3A) in 8 playoff games as the Tornado won their fifth Robertson Cup Championship in 11 seasons. However, the season got off to a rather disappointing start for Mayer as he shattered his wrist during the first period of Texas’ first game of the season opening Combat Hockey Showcase Tournament. The injury required surgery and several pins in his wrist to repair the damage.
The 6’0″ – 200 pound veteran forward returned to action on November 8th and has been an impact player since hitting the ice, scoring 11G-7A for 18 points in 18 games. In his last eight games Mayer has 6G and 4A for 10 points. Against the visiting Corpus Christi Icerays this past weekend Mayer recorded four points (3G-1A) in the Tornado sweep. On Friday, Mayer notched a goal and added an assist in the 6 – 1 win. On Saturday, he followed it up with two goals, including the game-winner in the 4 – 1 win.
Mayer’s presence around the net is a welcome addition to the Texas Tornado’s potent offense. He is a power forward who is more than willing to do the dirty work in front of the net to score the blue collar goals.
Texas Tornado goaltender Hunter Leisner received Honorable Mention logging both wins in the sweep against the Icerays. Leisner, a native of Garland, Texas faced 22 shots on Friday night making 21 stops and had 25 saves in 26 shots on goal on Saturday to extend his league leading wins total to 20 on the season.