Over the past week-and-a-half, Geekie has only helped his Tri-City Americans sweep the British Columbia Division champ, Kelowna Rockets 4-0, while putting together a mind-boggling nine goals and 13 points in those four games.
It’s not like Geekie’s first round performance should come as a shock to his peers, as the 19-year-old offensive centerman put together an even 30 goals and 84 points in a full season of play this past year (68 games).
Although battling tough competition in the first round, Geekie managed to outshine all other playoff performers with his 3.25 point-per-game output through the first round – higher than that of Lethbridge’s Brad Morrison (3.2 PPG) and Medicine Hat’s Mark Rassell (2.2 PPG).
The Western-Manitoba product was honoured in the WHL’s Three Stars of the Night three times in the Western Hockey League Quarterfinals – twice as the night’s first star. Geekie put together multi-point games in each of Tri-City’s four victories, while collecting two goals in each of his first three games, and a hat-trick in the series-deciding match.
Putting up nine goals in four games is nearly unheard of. The last Americans player to even put up nine goals in an entire seven-game series was former Calgary Flame Daymond Langkow – yes, it’s been a while.
As a matter of fact, the former Yellowhead Chief has already scribbled his name into the Tri-City record books with his opening round performance. Only five other Americans have ever registered nine or more goals in a single WHL postseason. The record – set by Langkow in 1996 – currently stands at 14 goals in 11 games played.
Selected by the Carolina Hurricanes 67th overall at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft – six places before the ‘Canes responded by selecting yet another Manitoban, Stelio Mattheos at 73 – Geekie has proven his point production throughout his WHL career.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound centre has averaged nearly a point-per-game with 202 points in 216 regular season WHL games – all with the Americans. In March, Geekie put up nearly 30 points in 14 games (16 goals, 13 assists).
Tri-City will face either the Vancouver Giants or the Victoria Royals in the second round of the WHL playoffs, as the two B.C. rivals will duke it out in game seven Tuesday night.
Geekie joins Winnipeg’s Cody Glass as the only other Manitoban to win the WHL Player of the Month Award this season.
By Carter Brooks
Photo provided by the Tri-City Americans