The World Hockey Association continued its time showing against the touring Czechoslavakian squad Friday night when the New England Whaler scored four goals in the final period for a 5-3 victory.
The Czechs took a 3-1 advantage into the final period in hopes of winning a match after losing to Edmonton and Winnipeg.
"We decided to play hockey instead of taking foolish penalties," said New England coach Harry Neale. "They were taking foolish chances because of personal problems on the ice."
Czech coach Stanislay Neversley said that New England's style is typical of the North American play.
"They played the same as the other teams we've played in this country," he said. "The Whalers played rough toward the end of the match and my young team couldn't cope with their rough style of play." Each team had nine penalties.
"There was a lot of stick works going on with both sides," said Neale. "There could have been many more penalties called but we were going on at the end and would have been them even if we didn't get the power-play opportunity late in the game.
The Czechs jumped off to a 21 lead in the first period of goals by Miley Tirant and Vitezsias Duris sandwiched around a Whaler goal by Jack Carlson.
Daris made it 3-1 for the Czechs at 11:19 of the second period with a shed that eluded Whaler goalic Al Smith.
Larry Pleau scored for new England at 7:21 of the third period Gordie Howe scored his 1.001st career goal at 13:55.
It was Howe's 1.00th regular season game. John McKenzie got the game winner at 16:27 and Mike Rogers got an insurance goal at 13:17.
A game between the Soviet All-Stars and the Winnipeg Acts was postponed.