Wolverines vs Pronghorns



Date Time League Season Home Away Court
September 3, 2023 3:10 pm Canadian National Pickleball League 2023 Wolverines Pronghorns 1


Edmonton Expo Centre
Edmonton Expo Centre, 7515, 118 Avenue NW, Edmonton Northlands, Greater Highlands, Edmonton, Alberta, T5B 0J2, Canada


Wolverines Gain Revenge over Pronghorns with Impressive Comeback Victory

Wolverines Women’s Doubles Team Cruises to Win over Pronghorns

The last time these two squads met at the Eastern Split, the Pronghorns made a stirring comeback to win the match 3-2. Looking for a spark then in game 1, the Wolverines women’s doubles team of Vicky Strandlund and Angie Walker put together as complete a game as any, beating the Pronghorns Kim Brent and Pam Clarke 15-10.

In the early going, Clarke and Strandlund traded great crossing shots for points, leading to a 3-3 tie after two Wolverines unforced errors. Strandlund and Walker then went on an offensive surge, scoring four straight and causing the Pronghorns to take a timeout.

The Wolverines onslaught went unabated, until the Pronghorns took the game back with Brent making great shots and pushing the score to 11-7 Wolverines. However, the play of the game came with the Wolverines up 13-9. Walker and Strandlund were unbelievable on defense, scoring an amazing point to put the game at freeze and then win it later on a nice Walker set-up shot.

Pronghorns Come Off the Mat to Beat Wolverines in Men’s Tilt

In what the video commentators said was a “heavyweight fight” the Prairie Pronghorns duo of Brad Chapman and Matty Stodola were nearly TKO against the Wolverines Haddow Thul and Joel Pelletier. The savvy Pronghorns were down all game, by as many as four late in the game, only to shock Thul and Pelletier by knotting the match with a huge 15-13 triumph.

Thul and Pelletier, both noted big hitters, pushed the Pronghorns around until they called a timeout down 8-6. The Wolverines kept up the pressure after the break, and then put together a massive rally to go up 13-10 and have a lock on the win.

But wait, the Pronghorns had other ideas, rallying well, and getting a couple of points off Chapman set-ups to tie it. And, despite furious defense by the Wolverines, the Pronghorns were that much better, winning on a massive rally.

Pronghorns Hang on to Win Engaging Mixed Doubles Contest

Inspired by the play of the men in the game previous, the Pronghorns mixed doubles team of Kim Brent and Brad Chapman held off a wild rally by the Wolverines Vicky Strandlund and Haddow Thul to win a nailbiter 15-13. The Pronghorns came out firing, with both Brent and Chapman huge shots to put them ahead 9-2.

A Wolverines mini rally saw the lead trimmed to 11-6, followed by some outstanding shot shaping by Thul and Strandlund, with wicked Thul cross that made the score 12-9. But, the Wolverines made two costly unforced errors that led to a 14-10 freeze.

The Wolverines, to their credit, didn’t mail it in, scoring three straight and forcing five straight holds before losing on yet another unforced error.

Wolverines Stay Alive with Massive Come-from-behind Victory

The Pronghorns could take solace that they would have a tiebreaker after allowing the Wolverines to erase a two-point deficit and win handily in this pivotal game. The Wolverines duo of Joel Pelletier and Angie Walker withstood an early charge from the Pronghorns Matty Stodola and Pam Clarke, winning 15-10.

Clarke and Stodola played well off each other initially, getting key shots to drop and benefiting from a controversial line call on a Pelletier wallop to go ahead 7-5. Player of the Match Walker then showed why she was so chosen, smacking two straight set-up shots that Clarke couldn’t handle, for an 8-7 lead. Pelletier then played outstanding defense for a point, followed by a side out to push it to a 9-9 tie.

It was all Wolverines after that, with Pelletier and Walker forcing two Pronghorns timeouts and transition from offense to defense smoothly to win it.

Wolverines Cap Comeback with Thrilling Tiebreak Triumph

Given that that the Pronghorns beat the Wolverines 3-2 in the Eastern Split, it was only fitting this one went to a tiebreaker too. This time, the Wolverines got proper revenge, gutting out a 15-12 win and a match victory.

The Wolverines started out strong, with Pelletier, Thul and Walker all taking two of three points from Stodola, Chapman and Brent, respectively for a 6-3 lead. Clarke then stymied Strandlund for two big points and Stodola stole two from Pelletier to narrow the gap to 8-7.

With the score 9-9, Player of the Match Walker pulled off the first pod sweep on Brent, with a huge forehand to put her team up 12-9. However, Clarke returned the favor, going 3-0 against Strandlund. It was up to Pelletier, then, and he delivered, smacking a massive backhand, a beauty set up and a wicked cross to win it for the Wolverines.




Player Player of the Match Category wins Category PF Category PA Mixed wins Mixed PF Mixed PA Mixed partner
Angie Walker11151011512Joel Pelletier
Haddow Thul00131501015Vicky Strandlund
Joel Pelletier00131511512Angie Walker
Vicky Strandlund01151001015Haddow Thul

General Manager: Steve Deakin


Player Player of the Match Category wins Category PF Category PA Mixed wins Mixed PF Mixed PA Mixed partner
Brad Chapman01151311510Kim Brent
Kim Brent00101511510Brad Chapman
Matty Stodola01151301215Pam Clarke
Pam Clarke00101501215Matty Stodola

Past Meetings

3 - 2
The Sleeman Centre

Pronghorns Vs Wolverines

Home: Pronghorns
Away: Wolverines
Court: 1