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Semyon Varlamov charged with 3rd-degree assault

Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov on Friday was charged with assault stemming from a domestic violence incident in October.

Goalie has played since domestic incident

Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov has been charged with third-degree assault stemming from a domestic violence incident in October. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov on Friday was charged with assault stemming from a domestic violence incident in October.

If convicted, the 25-year-old faces a sentence ranging from probation to six months in jail.

Varlamov's agent, Paul Theofanous, has said he is innocent. His attorney has declined to comment.

The netminder's girlfriend, Evgeniya Vavrinyuk, told investigators Varlamov attacked her in her apartment Oct. 30. She said he knocked her down with a kick and stomped on her chest, according to an arrest affidavit.

She also accused Varlamov of dragging her by her hair and telling her that he would have beaten her more if they had been in Russia, authorities said.

Varlamov is free on $5,000 US bond has played and travelled with the NHL team since turning himself into police.

The judge who allowed his release ordered Varlamov to stay away from his girlfriend and told him he could not drink alcohol or possess firearms.

The 25-year-old netminder was acquired in a trade from Washington in 2011. He has a 11-5-0 record in 16 games this season with a 2.23 goals-against average and .931 save percentage.

Avalanche goalie guru Francois Allaire and first-year head coach Patrick Roy have been credited with restoring Varlamov's confidence a year after he allowed three goals a game.

With files from The Associated Press

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