Dec 14, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Minnesota Wild right wing Nino Niederreiter (22) attempts a shot against Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov (1) in the third period at Pepsi Center. The Minnesota Wild defeated the Colorado Avalanche in a shootout 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Charges against Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov dropped


In November, Semyon Varlamov, the starting goalie for the Colorado Avalanche, was charged with one count of third-degree-assault by Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey for an altercation with his girlfriend on October 30. This original charge consisted of felony kidnapping and assault, although the kidnapping count was later dismissed for lack of evidence.

Earlier this morning, the remaining misdemeanor charge for assault was also dismissed after further investigations found a lack of necessary evidence  to win the case should it go to trial.

“That’s not to say we don’t believe our victim,” district attorney spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough said, according to the Denver Post. “Most of the time, additional investigation strengthens our case. This time … it became clear we didn’t have a belief we could prove it beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Varlamov led the Avalanche to a surprisingly fast start with a 5-1 record in their first 6 games. On the season, he has a 16-8 record with a .924 save percentage which is good for 10th best in the league. Overall, the Avalanche are 34-23-10 on the season and in 3rd place in the Central Division of the Western Conference.

The Avalanche will take on the Los Angeles Kings tomorrow at the Staple Center. The Kings have a record of 36-24-8 and are currently 2nd in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference.

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