Oct 27, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov (1) during the game against the Winnipeg Jets at the Pepsi CenterThe defeated the Jets 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
KUSA - Semyon Varlamov will be the starting goalie Friday night for the Colorado Avalanche when they play at Dallas, the Avalanche confirmed Friday after practice.
"Why wait? He looks good this morning," Avs coach Patrick Roy told reporters in Dallas. "We're all aware what happened and we just feel that he's our guy."
Varlamov was at Friday morning's skate-around at American Airlines Arena after missing Thursday's practice because he was in court. Varlamov is facing charges of second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault after an incident Monday in Denver with his girlfriend.
He turned himself in Wednesday evening and spent the night in jail.
According to the police report, Varlamov allegedly kicked her, stomped on her, dragged her around the house and threatened her. The woman had bruises consistent with a physical encounter, the police report said. He was released on $5,000 bond.
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Varlamov, 25, is 7-1 as the Avs are off to a 10-1 start. He has played in the NHL for five seasons, and the Avs picked him up in July 2011 after a trade with the Washington Capitals.
After Friday night's game, the Avs play again Saturday at home against Montreal (8 p.m.). It is Colorado's first back-to-back series of the season. Backup goalie Jean-Sebastian Giguere is expected to start Saturday against the Canadiens.
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