The Prince George Cougars found themselves shorthanded in net with the recent injury to Tyler Brennan.

What’s been described as an upper-body injury has Brennan listed as day-to-day. The 16-year-old earned the Cougars’ first win of the season last Saturday, defeating the Kelowna Rockets 4-1.

With Taylor Gauthier as the lone goaltender listed on the roster, the Cougars announced the signing of 2002-born goaltender Jacob Herman to a Western Hockey League (WHL) Standard Player Agreement.

Herman was a free agent signing who was added to the Cougars’ 50-man Protected List last season.

The soon to be 17-year-old has spent this season with the Swift Current Legionnaires in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League. In seven games this season, Herman has a record of 4-2-0, to go with a 2.41 goals-against average and .920 save percentage. Last season with the Legionnaires, the Swift Current, SK product posted a 15-8-0 record and owned a 2.57 goals-against average and .900 save percentage. He also had two shutouts. Herman won the Saskatchewan Bantam AA championship with the Legionnaires in 2017.

Herman has joined the team in Spokane ahead of their weekend games against the Chiefs and Tri-City Americans. The Cougars’ roster now sits at 25 players. Three goaltenders, eight defencemen, and 14 forwards.