Olly Shone became the first player to score 150 goals for the Bristol Pitbulls in Bristol’s 6-2 win against the Lee Valley Lions.
Shone hit the 150 goal milestone with his first goal of the game. He would go on to complete his second hat-trick in two games before the final buzzer. Such is Shone’s form at present that of the 17 goals the Bristol Pitbulls have scored in 2018, Shone has scored nine of them.
Shone came up through the Slough Jets system and actually played against Bristol for the Slough ENL Jets in his first ever season of senior hockey. He’d score five times that season. One of them was against Bristol in the old Frogmore Street. Was this an omen?
University brought Shone to Bristol in the summer of 2011 and a move to the Pitbulls.
Ironically, his first game in the blue and white would be at home against, not just Slough, but elder brother, Sam. Olly hadn’t even moved to Bristol by then and so their parents had to drive them to the games in separate cars.
In an 8-4 win for Bristol, Olly scored twice to open his account with Bristol. As an added bonus, Sam was on the ice for both goals. Something he has doubtless been reminded of many times since.
Olly quickly built a strong relationship on the ice with Adi Smith and Liam Williams in what ended up being dubbed the AWOL line; “Adi with Olly and Liam”. Shone would finish the season as the second top goal scorer for the NIHL2 team and 12th overall in the league. There would also be another two goals for the NIHL1 team. Not bad for a player who was only in his second season as a senior player.
As Bristol started its nomadic life, Shone stayed with the team, now joined by brother Sam. During this time, Shone made himself the most dangerous Bristol player in front of the net, finishing top goal scorer in four of the past five seasons. Given he has 15 more goals than other player this season, over three times as many as the team’s second top scorer, it would seem unlikely that he will not make it five from six.
The importance of Shone to the team’s offensive threat is highlighted in the size of the gap he now has over the second top all-time goal scorer for the club. In 2014-15, Shone only just missed out on being the first Pitbulls to score 100 goals. During the final game of the 2015-16 season, he lost his title as the all-time leading goal scorer only to score twice and take it back by a single goal forty minutes later.
Since then, he has extended that lead to 20 goals.
Still only 25 years old, we look forward to seeing how many other milestones Olly reaches.