Avalanche G Semyon Varlamov's assault case dismissed

The assault case against Semyon Varlamov has been dropped. (USATSI)
The assault case against Semyon Varlamov has been dropped. (USATSI)

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Misdemeanor assault charges against Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov have been dismissed. Prosecutors say they could not prove the case, with Varlamov accused of assaulting his girlfriend at their home, beyond a reasonable doubt, according to 9News in Denver.

Varlamov was accused of knocking down his 24-year-old girlfriend Evgenia Vavrinyuk on Oct. 30, stomping on her chest and dragging her by her hair. The Avs netminder was formally charged on Nov. 22 by Denver County prosecutors.

Varlamov, who is expected to play a prominent role on Russia's Olympic team in his home country, has been good for the Avalanche this season. He has posted a 16-8-1 record, .924 save percentage and 2.37 goals-against average. His numbers did regress quite a bit in the wake of these allegations.

As with any case involving a domestic dispute, it is tough to know the truth. Varlamov maintained his innocence throughout, while Vavrinyuk made many media appearances detailing her alleged assault. With the case never going to trial, the truth remains cloudy. That said, there wasn't enough evidence to even prosecute Varlamov, which all but renders him innocent in the eyes of the law.

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Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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