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Crunch keeps climbing- 10 straight wins for hometown hockey team

Syracuse Crunch star Michael Bournival celebrates a first period goal in the team's 5-3 win over Providence on Friday night (Niko Tamurian)

Can they be stopped?

The Syracuse Crunch extending its league-leading win streak without a loss (Manitoba has 11 wins, but a shootout loss) by way of a thrilling 5-3 win over Providence on Friday night in front of 5,475 fans at the War Memorial.

The Crunch kept after Providence goalie Zane McIntyre just like it did in the Eastern Conference finals six months ago, lighting the scoreboard four times in the first period alone.

Adam Erne scored twice in that first stanza, earning top star honors for the game.

The matchup actually began with a Providence breakaway goal less than three minutes into the matchup.

That's when reigning AHL Player of the Week Anthony Cirelli hit Carter Verhaeghe for the Crunch's first tally of the night.

20 seconds later Providence tied, but it's the last time they'd be in front.

Syracuse countered with a goal from Erne, Michael Bournival and another from Erne to take a 4-2 before the first period ended.

Louis Domingue stopped 24 shots on the night.

The ten game win streak ties the longest since the Crunch has been the AHL affilitate of the Tampa Bay Lightning and is the second-longest in franchise history.

The longest win streak came in 2008 when the Crunch won 15 straight (and earned points in 23 straight) to clinch a playoff spot after team owner Howard Dolgon declared the team "needed a miracle to make the playoffs.

This run, arguably, was also sparked by Dolgon who changed the song the team plays after they score a goal after a loss on November 19.

Nearly a month later, the team still hasn't lost.

The Crunch is now in third place in the North Division, five points behind second place Rochester and 11 points behind first place Toronto. Syracuse is still ahead of 4th place by five points which is shared by Utica and Laval.

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