When a team enters its first year of competition, you expect the adjustment to take a while to even out before you can make a real assessment of your team’s identity. Just six weeks into their inaugural season in the MCAC and one thing is for sure – the Bobcats are for real.
After seven games, Brandon’s bread and butter has been defence, as they’ve only allowed six goals against all season. Anchoring that defence has been Holly Kalynuik, and in a whirlwind first season, her composure has been a major constant for the first-year Bobcats.
“Holly has a calm, dependable, reassuring presence in the back, and is exactly the kind of player you want in front of your goalie,” says head coach Rainer Schira. “She played both inside and centre-defence with equal skill, she played 180 minutes this weekend, and has played every minute of every game this season.”
After already recording four shutouts this season, Kalynuik and the rest of her defensive squad is something everyone in the MCAC should be worried about. Regardless of their seed, nobody will be taking the Bobcats lightly, and if Kalynuik and her teammates are up for the challenge as they have been all season, look for Brandon to really make some noise in the Final Fours two weekends from now.
Kalynuik is in her third year studying English at Brandon University.