The Alabama men's ice hockey club team will open the season on Friday in Pelham and fans will have the opportunity to watch all home games through a new pay-per-view streaming service.

The Frozen Tide set out to raise $3,000 to help purchase the equipment needed to broadcast the games through a crowd-funded Kickstarter campaign. With 21 days remaining on the project, Frozen Tide Productions has almost tripled its goal with $8,785 pledged.

The fundraiser hopes to raise as much as $20,000, which will help cover all of the costs for producing games during the 2014-15 season. The Kickstarter campaign explains how the money will be spent:

The video equipment that is necessary to run a quality production for you our fans is roughly $20,000 including subscription fees for the streaming service, etc. As we go beyond our goal of $3,000 to augment these costs, we will begin to add equipment and software which will allow us to improve the quality of the production. These items could be a 3rd HD camera, higher quality microphones, wires, computers, etc. that are necessary for the operation of this project.

Alabama plays in the Southeastern Collegiate Hockey Conference along with Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt. The league began in 2009 and has already begun its sixth season of competition.

The Frozen Tide's 2011-12 team won the conference title and still holds the all-time record for wins in a season with 26. To learn more about the program, visit their website or connect with them on Twitter.