Lambeth Lancers

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Lambeth Lancers
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City Lambeth, Ontario
League Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League
Division Yeck
Founded 1987
Home arena Lambeth Arena
Colors Blue, Red, and White
General manager Ed Welychka (2015-16)
Head coach Ed Welychka (2015-16)
Affiliate(s) Not Affiliated
League Champions 1988, 1989
OHA Cups 1988, 1989

The Lambeth Lancers are a Junior ice hockey team based in Lambeth, Ontario, Canada. They play in the Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League of the Ontario Hockey Association.

History[edit]

The Lambeth Lancers were founded in 1987 as members of the Western Ontario Junior D Hockey League. The Lancers were created in the tradition of the Lambeth Flyers who were members of the same league from 1968 until 1975.

In the 1988 playoffs, the Lancers won the Western league title in their first season. They challenged the Exeter Hawks of the Southern Counties Junior D Hockey League in the final and defeated them 4-games-to-2 to win their first ever OHA Cup.

The next season, the Western and Southern Counties leagues merged to create a "super league". The Lancers won the league's championship by defeating the Lucan Irish 4-games-to-none to win their second straight OHA Cup.

In 1991, the Western Junior D league became the OHA Junior Development League.

In 2000, the Lambeth Lancers ceased operations due to financial problems. The team was put on the shelf and their rights were put on sale. After a year of waiting, the team was bought and resurrected by the Western Ontario Hockey League's London Nationals who were looking for a farm team.

2001 saw the resurrection and the Lancers and them making the playoffs in their first year, thanks to the likes of an offensive prowess in Jay Mocszelt and Josh Ryan who came over from the Port Stanley Lakers club. Ryan Burrows and his brother Jeff (15 at the time) and a collection of other young talent being groomed for a transition to the Jr. B London Nationals team. Coach Dan Dolbear led the team during these years with few players that moved on to bigger and better things. Standouts included defenseman Brad Meagher, who led all defencemen in the league in points in his rookie season and logged a considerable amount of ice-time for the team. He went on to acquire the best defenseman trophy in the Yeck conference each year he played as well as leading defenseman scoring in those years. Jeff Burrows (5'8") went on to play Jr. B and then on to semi-pro in the US, the others all must have moved on to beer league hockey or gave up the game altogether. Notable team matchups during the 2001-2005 era were the Thamesford Trojans, Exeter Hawks, Mount Brydges Bulldogs and West Lorne (and former Port Stanley) Lakers.

The 2005-06 season saw the Lancers finish in ninth place overall. They entered the conference quarter-final against the North Middlesex Stars and were defeated 4-games-to-1.

The 2006–07 season ended with the Lancers finishing in fifth place overall in the league. The OHAJDL disbanded at the end of the 2005–06 season and was replaced by the Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League. In the first round of the playoffs, the Lancers drew the Mount Brydges Bulldogs. The Lancers defeated the Bulldogs 4-games-to-1 to advance to the conference semi-final. The second round of the playoffs pitted the Lancers against the red-hot Mitchell Hawks. The Hawks swept the Lancers 4-games-to-none and eventually went on to win the OHA Cup as SOJHL champions.

The 2010–2011 season was one of the worst in Lancers history. The Lancers ended the season with 16 winless games, two losses coming in overtime. The Lancers weren't expected to make any impact during the SOJHL playoffs. However, when facing the 2nd-place Exeter Hawks in the first round, the Lancers took part of SOJHL history by defeating the Hawks in 6 games in what would go down as one of the biggest upsets in the SOJHL playoffs. The "puck stopped there" as the Lancers went on to face the eventual OHA Jr. D champions, Thamseford Trojans, dropping 4 straight in the Conference Semi-final.

Season-by-season standings[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1987-88 39 24 8 7 - 248 143 55 2nd WJDHL
1988-89 35 25 7 3 - 215 112 53 3rd WJDHL
1989-90 35 19 10 6 - 151 120 44 7th WJDHL
1990-91 40 19 17 2 2 173 162 42 7th WJDHL
1991-92 40 19 17 4 0 175 184 42 8th OHAJDL
1992-93 40 17 20 2 1 211 202 37 10th OHAJDL
1993-94 40 20 15 5 - 179 177 45 9th OHAJDL
1994-95 40 26 12 2 0 183 148 54 3rd OHAJDL
1995-96 38 15 19 2 2 137 165 34 12th OHAJDL
1996-97 38 12 19 3 4 133 172 31 13th OHAJDL
1997-98 38 15 18 3 2 127 144 35 13th OHAJDL
1998-99 40 14 19 6 1 139 173 35 12th OHAJDL
1999-00 39 19 17 2 1 172 160 41 8th OHAJDL
2000-01 Did Not Participate
2001-02 40 22 17 1 0 180 170 45 7th OHAJDL
2002-03 40 24 9 5 2 205 152 55 3rd OHAJDL
2003-04 40 21 16 2 1 158 149 45 6th OHAJDL
2004-05 40 24 11 2 3 189 135 53 5th OHAJDL
2005-06 37 20 12 5 0 174 142 45 9th OHAJDL
2006-07 40 22 12 0 6 192 144 50 6th SOJHL
2007-08 40 20 17 - 3 182 147 43 9th SOJHL
2008-09 40 12 22 - 6 133 169 30 13th SOJHL
2009-10 36 18 18 - 0 156 166 36 10th SOJHL
2010-11 36 7 26 - 3 120 187 17 14th SOJHL
2011-12 36 26 9 - 1 174 124 53 3rd SOJHL
2012-13 37 29 5 - 3 187 93 61 1st SOJHL-Yk
2013-14 40 31 8 - 1 193 91 63 1st SOJHL
2014-15 40 31 7 - 2 213 112 64 1st SOJHL Won Quarters - 4-3 - (Spitfires)
lost - Semi - 1-4 - (Dolphins)
2015-16 40 10 30 0 - 171 260 20 8th of 9 SOJHL Lost Quarters - 0-4 - (Dolphins)

Playoffs[edit]

  • 1988 Won League, Won OHA championship
Lambeth Lancers defeated Exeter Hawks 4-games-to-2 in OHA championship
  • 1989 Won League
Lambeth Lancers defeated Lucan Irish 4-games-to-none in final
  • 2006 Lost conference quarter-final
North Middlesex Stars defeated Lambeth Lancers 4-games-to-1 in conf. quarter-final
  • 2007 Lost conference semi-final
Lambeth Lancers defeated Mount Brydges Bulldogs 4-games-to-1 in conf. quarter-final
Mitchell Hawks defeated Lambeth Lancers 4-games-to-none in conf. semi-final
  • 2011 Lost conference semi-final
Thamesford Trojans defeated Lambeth Lancers 4-games-to-none in conf. semi-final
  • 2012 Lost conference final
Thamesford Trojans defeated Lambeth Lancers 4-games-to-none in conf.final
  • 2013 Won conference final
Lambeth Lancers defeated Dorchester Dolphins 4-games-to-3 in conf. final
Ayr Centennials defeated Lambeth Lancers 4-games-to-none in league semi-final

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