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Semyon Varlamov, starting goaltender for the Colorado Avalanche, leaves court after his hearing in Denver, December 2, 2013. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
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Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov testified Friday that he restrained his long-time girlfriend when she attacked him in his apartment in October 2013, but he never meant to hurt her.

His testimony contradicted what his former girlfriend Evgeniya Vavrinyuk said days earlier in a civil trial in Denver District Court. Vavrinyuk said Varlamov kicked her, beat her and dragged her by the hair after a Halloween party on Oct. 28, 2013.

Varlamov took the stand in the fifth day of the trial.

"I was scared because I could see she wanted to fight with me," he said during his testimony. "I was not afraid of her, but I was afraid she wanted to fight."

Vavrinyuk filed a lawsuit against Varlamov in 2014, claiming he'd beaten her for years before he was arrested on suspicion of felony kidnapping and assault. Prosecutors declined to file the kidnapping charge and later dropped a misdemeanor assault charge against Varlamov.

Varlamov's attorney called him to the stand on Friday. Through an interpreter, Varlamov described that night at the Halloween party. He said Vavrinyuk complained he didn't pay her enough attention. She also accused him of infidelity.


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Varlamov said her accusations did not fuel an argument, but she continued yelling at him throughout the night.

"I tried to calm her down, but she was waving her hands," Varlamov said Friday. "I really couldn't listen anymore. I stood up and went to the men's room. She ran after me."

Varlamov instructed Vavrinyuk to leave the party and return to his apartment, where he met her around 5:50 a.m. That was when the physical fighting began.

Attorneys played surveillance recordings of Varlamov entering his apartment building so he could identify himself in his Halloween costume. He was dressed as the Duffman from The Simpsons.

The judged released the courtroom for lunch. Varlamov will take the stand again at 1:30 p.m.

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