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Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov charged with third-degree assault

Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov is tied for third in the NHL with 7 wins this season. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov is tied for ninth in the NHL with 11 wins this season. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was charged with one count of third-degree assault stemming from a domestic violence arrest last month, reports Ryan Parker of the Denver Post.

A kidnapping charge was dropped. Varlamov faces up to two years in jail for the assault charge. He was arrested after the Oct. 30 incident and released on a $5,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 2.

Eugenia Vavrinyuk, Varlamov's girlfriend, told police that Varlamov kicked her, knocked her down, dragged her by her hair and told her that “if this were Russia, he would have beat her more.”

Varlamov is 11-5 with 2.23 goals against average and a .931 save percentage this season for the Avalanche.

"The Colorado Avalanche organization was informed about today's decision from the Denver District Attorney's Office and will have no further comment until the entire legal process has concluded," the team said in a statement.
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