Steelers suffered penalty shoot out misery in Herning, Denmark this afternoon going down to the Italian champions 4-3.
Ryan Finnerty’s Sheffield side that led for much of the game and were cursing their luck for losing the initiative against skilled but beatable opponents in the Continental Cup.
Steve Birnstill picked up the rebound off a R G Flath shot to score in the first period.
Tom Squires fired home from the left wing to double the advantage.
Steelers tried in vain to hold on to that lead but two goals in 50 seconds from Sean Bertivoglio had the game tied going into the dying moments of the middle period. Squires then turned from goal scorer to provider setting up Colt King for a simple tap in at the far post with just 67 seconds remaining.
It was important that Sheffield withstood the early third period pressure that would come their way but it was the Italians who equalised in the 3rd period when Bertivglio scored his hat trick goal 2.22 into the period.
Both teams had chances to win the game in regulation and the Steelers had a late power play with both Jeff Legue and Colt King going close.
Both Legue and Mike Ramsay failed to convert in their penalty shots whilst John Vigilante and Bertivoglio beat netminder John DeCaro to collect the additional point for Asiago.